City businessman wants to take on Eskom in court

2010-01-21 00:00

CITY businessman Sunny Gayadin is planning to take legal action over Eskom’s proposed tariff hikes. He is calling on ratepayer organisations to join him in a class action suit.

Gayadin says that his understanding of the law has persuaded him that there is a strong case to be made based on the Constitution. It involves challenging the way in which tariffs are implemented by government entities such as municipalities and parastatals.

Gayadin said he is committed to making a contribution to the cause, adding that as a businessman this is an instance where he can give back to the community.

“I am calling all ratepayers’ bodies throughout the country to form a national body and employ top attorneys and advocates like Gilbert Marcus and Kemp J. Kemp to file papers in the high court of South Africa and if necessary approach the Constitutional Court.”

Gayadin said he had succeeded in all his court applications against eThekwini Metro Municipality. “The Metro had to set aside the sale of land to Anand Singh for his film studio at the old Command site. It also had to set aside the sale of prime Umhlanga land to businesman Vivian Reddy.”

Gayadin believes residents will have more success by petitioning the courts than by lobbying politicians. He can be reached at 083 777 0300.

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