Mooi-Mpofana Municipality and the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs were granted an interim interdict in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday preventing Eskom from disconnecting electricity supply to the municipality.
The court order required Mpofana and the MEC to launch a review application of Eskom’s decision to disconnect electricity to the municipality within 30 court days from July 6. Pending the finalisation of the review application, Eskom is prevented from disconnecting electricity to the municipality.
The order calls on Eskom to show on or before August 15 why the interdict preventing the disconnection should not be finally granted.
The power utility was ordered to pay the costs of the application.
Last month, Eskom published a notice that it would, from July 8, implement load shedding day and night in the municipality for two weeks. It said it was owed more than R120 million and non-payment by the municipality threatened its ability to carry out its mandate to supply power to the nation.
Mpofana mayor, Councillor Xolani Duma, told The Meander Chronicle on Friday that the council had met that morning regarding the load shedding threat and decided to seek court intervention.
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