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Fed up South Africans threaten Eskom and government

The continued loadshedding has led to a group of fed up South Africans to take legal action.

Late on Monday, Eskom cancelled the first scheduled media briefing for the year only hours before Eskom CEO De Ruyter was due to update journalists on the challenges at the state-owned power company.

These challenges have led to almost a week of stage 6 loadshedding, leaving businesses and households without power for up to 10 hours a day.

The briefing was postponed due to emergency engagements between Eskom management and President Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africans had for most of last year already been battling rising interest rates, high inflation, rampant unemployment and some of the deepest and longest-running periods of loadshedding to date.

A group of law firms representing opposition parties, organised labour and civil society organisations and individual business owners are readying to take the government and Eskom to court for their handling of the energy crisis.

Siphile Buthelezi of Buthelezi Vilakazi Inc, one of the attorneys who was instructed by clients to demand that the supply of electricity is stabilised, told Business Day that a letter of demand was sent to Gordhan and De Ruyter on Monday.

It states that the government and Eskom have been too slow in introducing reform in the energy sector, despite being aware of the impact of loadshedding from as early as 2007.

The list of clients includes Bantu Holomisa as leader of the UDM; Mmusi Maimane, founder of the new political party Build One SA; the IFP; the National Union of Metalworkers and owners of property and farming businesses.


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