Diepkloof Residents Eye Legal Route Over Eskoms Prolonged Power Cuts

Diepkloof residents say they opted to go the legal route to protest what they call the blanket punishment of residents after Eskom cut power to the community for several weeks over illegal connections and non-payment.
More than 700 households were issued fines and required to pay a reconnection fee of about R6,000 but community leaders said many families simply could not afford it.
Power has since been restored after Eskom and the residents reached a payment agreement.
Ward Councillor Brenda Dammie said they still had a court process where the community had challenged Eskom’s disconnection of electricity to all homes, saying the utility abused its powers
Dammie said the utility must also address infrastructure issues in the area.
Power was restored following weeks of negotiations which resulted in residents committing to a monthly payment of R500 towards their debt until January 2023.