Rand West Local Municipality will remain with power following a High Court ruling in its favour.
This comes after the High Court issued an order restraining Eskom from cutting the municipality’s power in line with section 21(5) of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) and the Electricity Supply Agreement (ESA).
Two Rand West customers approached the court after Eskom announced its intentions to interrupt the municipality’s power via a public notice on October 16.
According to a statement by the utility, it had called on the municipality’s customers to make representations on why the power utility should not proceed with supply interruptions.
The number of representations received by the utility and the court interdict sees Eskom unable to decide on its next move just yet.
Eskom is unable to make its final decision as to whether or not it should interrupt the supply of electricity to the municipality
“Consequently, Eskom is unable to make its final decision as to whether or not it should interrupt the supply of electricity to the municipality. Eskom is in consultation with its lawyers to determine what course of action it should take regarding the interdict obtained against it.”
Eskom urged Rand West customers to put pressure on its municipality to pay its debt in line with constitutional, statutory and contractual obligations.