Defaulting municipalities facing power cuts

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JOHANNESBURG - Eskom is expected to cut supply to five municipalities who haven't paid their dues.

The power utility says five municipalities have made payments over the weekend.

Another 12 defaulting municipalities will also face power cuts over the coming days.

Eskom announced it would switch off their lights during peak hours until payment agreements are reached.

READ: Eskom rolls out power cuts to indebted municipalities

The municipalities collectively owe the power utility around R10-billion.

Last week, civil rights organisation AfriForum failed in a court bid to prevent the power giant from switching off the lights.

It argued that cutting the power unfairly punishes residents who are up-to-date with their accounts.

But Eskom hit back, saying non-payment of accounts significantly impacts its cashflow.

The power utility says it's unfortunate that some will be without electricity on Monday morning.

“We are organising but we have no choice. It’s been forced on us," said Eskom Acting CEO Matshela Koko.

"We think we’ve given everybody a fair chance to come to the party. Some have come to the party and some have not come to the party."

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