Court bid to stop Eskom cutting power

2012-03-07 18:09

Bloemfontein - Civil rights group AfriForum will help two Eastern Cape towns in court action to stop Eskom from cutting their power, spokesperson Willie Spies said on Wednesday.

Papers for urgent applications would be filed in the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown, on behalf of the towns of Steynsburg and Burgersdorp.

Spies said residents of the towns were given notice by Eskom on Tuesday that their power supply would be cut on Thursday.

AfriForum said Eskom claimed the Gariep local municipality had defaulted on the towns' electricity bills.

The municipality allegedly owes Eskom about R5m.

Spies said the court applications would be heard in the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown at 10:00 on Thursday.

Eskom's spokesperson in the Eastern Cape Ntosh Mafumbatha confirmed the planned power cuts to local newspapers.