Civic organisation says Tshwane residents can't afford Eskom price hike

The City of Tshwane is not accepting Eskom’s price hike and neither are the people. The Lotus Atteridgeville Saulsville Civic Association is standing with Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams. They are rejecting the proposed 20.5 percent increase. Tshepo Mahlangu, chairperson of the association unpacks this. #DStv403

TSHWANE - The Lotus Atteridgeville Saulsville Civic Association says Eskom's proposed 20.5 percent electricity tariff hike is intended to help it recover from losses.

According to the association, the increase will have a detrimental effect on Tshwane residents.

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Its chairperson, Tshepo Mahlangu says the majority of ratepayers are pensioners who receive the R350 social distress grant.

He says the poor cannot simply afford it.

"The people from the ground, specifically those called rate payers mostly are elderly people who have been paying for years. These people are unemployed and social development knows they are giving them R350 while charge those same pensioners ridiculous amounts monthly," he said.

"They can’t afford it, they are unemployed, they aren’t in a position to pay or foot the bill incurred through criminal activity. The main root of crime lies with municipalities and Eskom. Those are the hardcore criminals, they’ve been stealing from the poor."


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