Legal goof sees Eskom prayer man out of pocket

2014-01-24 00:00

MAHIKENG — The man who sued Eskom for R250 million for allegedly halting load shedding through the power of his prayers may now end up paying for Eskom’s legal costs.

The case, which was listed on the roll of the North West high court in Mahikeng for yesterday, was scrapped early in the day because Nelson Thabo Modupe’s court paper did not meet legal requirements. It appears that he even listed himself as the person to be sued.

This could mean that he would be responsible to pay for the costs of Eskom’s legal team.

The registrar of the high court yesterday said Modupe was free to sue Eskom again, but his documents must be in order. “We will never prevent a member of the public from bringing their own case to court … But we advise people to use a lawyer because there are many technicalities in the drafting of court documents.”

Modupe said he did apply for legal aid in 2010, but they did not want to take his case.

A Zionist, Modupe had said he believes God answered his prayers to stop the wind and lighting that he says causes load shedding. He said his prayers had prevented a lot of embarrassment for Eskom during the 2010 Soccer World Cup and threatened the power utility that load shedding would return if it did not take seriously his offer to become a partner.

He could not be found for comment yesterday.

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