Scopa seeks to resolve electricity debt row

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FILE image: Powerlines at sunset

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FILE image: Powerlines at sunset

FILE image: Powerlines at sunset

PARLIAMENT - Ten municipalities locked in a legal battle with Eskom have told Scopa they&39;re struggling to settle their electricity debt.

According to a statement from Scopa, the municipalities cited illegal connections and the high unemployment rate for their failure to pay for electricity.

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They owe Eskom R10-billion.

Scopa says they&39;ve been informed that businesses in those areas have made arrangement to pay Eskom directly.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts will meet with the Inter-Ministerial task team tomorrow to discuss the issue.