Eskom activist case dropped

2010-01-22 21:12

Pretoria - Charges against the three people arrested during a protest in Midrand during Nersa's public hearing on Eskom's tariff hikes, have been withdrawn, Earthlife said on Friday.

According to Ferrial Adam of Earthlife, Makoma Lekalakala, Mashao Chauke and Nomaliza Xhoma were part of a group of activists from the Anti Privatisation Forum (APF) and Earthlife who were protesting over Eskom's proposed 35% tariff increase when they were arrested.

The three were arrested and charged with public violence and resisting arrest.

"The APF and Earthlife, alongside other community organisations and social movements will continue to vigorously oppose Eskom's application for multiple electricity tariff increases. We will not be silenced," Adams said in a statement.

National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) is conducting public hearings as a platform for communities and businesses to voice concerns over the proposed increase.