The Democratic Alliance believed that Eskom was terrorizing the Free State economy.
DA’s Roy Jankielsohn added many residents pay for electricity and it was unfair for Eskom to threaten them with electricity cut offs. This after Eskom issued a notice of electricity disconnection at three municipalities.
The Ngwathe municipality included the towns of Parys, Vredefort, Heilbron, Ngwathe and Koppies. Maluti-a-Phofung is made up of Harrismith, Kestel, Tshiame, Phuthaditjhaba, Tsheseng and Witsieshoek, while Dihlabeng municipality includes Bethlehem, Fateng-Tse-Ntsho, Fouriesburg, Paul Roux and Rosendal.
Ngwathe’s average current account is R12 million, but it owes Eskom R216 million. Maluti-a-Phofung, with an average monthly account of R32 million owes R228 million and Dihlabeng, which owes Eskom R58 million, has an average monthly bill of R8 million.
Jankielsohn said they are very concerned about that issue as it will devastate essential services and local economy.
“The threat will affect the local economy in those various municipalities. If you look at the definition of terrorism, Eskom’s statement in fact amounts to the word terrorize our community. Government has to find a solution to our problem. The municipalities, provincial government and Eskom has to meet and come up with a solution,” said Jankielsohn.