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No power for six weeks for Soweto residents

Courts 4 months ago

Tension is rising as the desperate community turns to the courts for help, while Eskom wants to convert them all to prepaid before restoring power.


24 Jul 2020
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No power for six weeks for Soweto residents

Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo was among the councillors marching to the Eskom offices in Soweto.

Early last month an electrical fault in central Soweto blew, plunging a vast swathe of the bustling township – and hundreds of families – into darkness. Now – six weeks later and with power still not restored – the desperate community is turning to the courts for help. But Eskom said customers in the area were not paying their bills and so the utility is converting their accounts to prepaid – a process that can take months. Local business owner Phello Rathebe, who lives in the area with his elderly parents, said when the power first went out on 12...

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