Eskom not constitutionally obliged to provide power - judge

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Pretoria – South Africa's constitution does not oblige Eskom to provide electricity to ratepayers, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Wednesday.

Judge Hans Fabricius has heard an urgent application submitted by civil rights organisation AfriForum in a bid to prevent the power utility from cutting power to the municipalities this week. He is yet to make a ruling.

These municipalities are Thembelihle (Northern Cape), Moqhaka (Free State), Mailonyana (Free State), Nkentoana (Free State), Mantsopa (Free State), Tokologo (Free State), Nala (Free State) and Dihlabeng (Free State).

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