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Eskom evades Matjhabeng
  • Matjhabeng to take Eskom to court
  • Eskom owes Matjhabeng an estimated R3,65 billion
  • Since July 2014 the municipality has paid R957 500 826.08 to Eskom

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Matjhabeng takes Eskom to court
Matjhabeng takes Eskom to court

The Matjhabeng Local Municipality will approach the High Court on an urgent basis for the necessary relief, which will include an order of costs on a punitive scale, should Eskom fail to withdraw an unlawful attachment of its account.

This follows Eskom seizing the municipality’s bank accounts on Friday (04/09) in lieu of massive arrears Eskom claims to be owed by Matjha­beng.

The municipality has been in dispute with Eskom since 2014.

It has en­deavoured, to no avail, to obtain crucial information concerning Eskom’s claims of arrears.

Eskom’s lack of response in this regard is impeding this matter of going forward in the Supreme Court.

According to Bertus Maritz, senior associate at Bokwa Incorporated, the municipal lawyers, Eskom has been evading them.

The contention by Eskom that the municipality has never made any payments and owes it money is incorrect and is vehemently disputed by the municipality, as in the municipality’s plea filed on 2 July in the Free State High Court.

Since July 2014 the municipality has paid R957 500 826.08 to Eskom.

Had Eskom correctly allocated these payments, there should not be any amount reflected as outstanding

“Had Eskom correctly allocated these payments, there should not be any amount reflected as outstanding,” says a spokes­person for the municipality.

In a letter of demand issued this week, the municipality again requests a meeting to urgently address the issues on the table.

If Eskom does not agree to a meeting, the municipality will be forced to recover losses incurred by Eskom directly supplying electricity to users within the municipal jurisdiction.

These are the mines, the farmers and the areas within the municipality’s jurisdiction which Eskom is directly supplying.

Matjhabeng’s estimated loss of income as a result of Eskom directly supplying electricity to these entities is estimated at R3,65 billion, without interest being calculated.

In the letter issued on Monday (07/09), Matjhabeng says Eskom’s continued interference in its constitutional right to directly supply electricity to clients who fall under the municipality’s area of juris­diction has resulted in Matjhabeng incurring actual losses of almost R46 900 000 per month.

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