Eskom vs municipalities that owe billions: ConCourt to rule on 'human catastrophe'

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Lekwa Municipality has become the poster child for South Africa's municipal failures.
Lekwa Municipality has become the poster child for South Africa's municipal failures.
Photo: Rosetta Msimango/File

Eskom has approached the Constitutional Court to argue that it should not be compelled to provide two of South Africa's most indebted municipalities with more electricity than provided for in supply agreements. 

The power utility is seeking leave to appeal a high court ruling from August 2020 that directed it to increase the amount of electricity it provides to the struggling Ngwathe Municipality in the Free State and the Lekwa Municipality in Mpumalanga.

Together, the two municipalities owe Eskom a total of R2.8 billion. Ngwatha owes R1.31 billion, while Lekwa owes R1.51 billion, according to Eskom data. 

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