DA takes fight on NERSA’s Eskom tariff increase to the High Court

Issued by Kevin Mileham MP – DA Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy
17 Aug 2023 in News
  • Ratepayers take to the streets to protest NERSA’s authorised 31,4% Eskom tariff increase, spread over two years.
  • The DA is the only party that has been fighting this tariff increase in light of the rising cost of living.
  • On 11 September, we ask that South Africans join us in our court fight to have NERSA’s tariff decision reviewed and set aside.

Note to editors: Please find attached soundbite by Kevin Mileham MP

Five months after NERSA authorised a 31,4% Eskom tariff increase, spread over two financial years, the consequences of this disastrous decision have started to appear across the country as ratepayers take to the streets to protest the increasingly unaffordable electricity bills.

Yesterday’s protest action in Swellendam municipality is the clearest indication yet that consumers are struggling and simply cannot afford the above inflation tariff increase implemented by NERSA.

The DA is the only party that has been fighting NERSA’s Eskom tariff increase from the start, working together with South Africans across the country who are bearing the brunt of a rising cost of living. We are now taking that fight to court to ask for urgent relief for ratepayers.

In line with our commitment to push back against this exploitative tariff, the DA will ask the North Gauteng High Court on the 11th of September to review and set aside NERSA’s electricity tariff increase.

We will not accept a situation where consumers are forced to pay more for electricity to subsidise corruption and inefficiency at Eskom. NERSA’s tariff increase is actually a corruption tax that victims of corruption must pay, to enable the syndicates to continue their looting of Eskom, as they have done for years.

With South Africans enduring loadshedding almost on a daily basis, NERSA’s unaffordable tariff increase for Eskom is abusive and should be rejected outright. It is unfathomable that the ANC government, through NERSA, expects South Africans to pay double-digit tariff increases for electricity that they do not receive.

Instead of taking responsibility for their ill-advised decision – the ANC government, NERSA and Eskom are standing on the sidelines while municipalities face the full wrath of residents who are clearly struggling to keep their lights on. This time around the DA will hold those responsible – national government and its entities – accountable, and this is precisely why we are going to court to assert the power of ratepayers.

The Eskom monopoly, with all its inefficiencies and corruption, has become an albatross on consumers and the economy. Instead of opening up the market to the private sector and help lower prices, the ANC government is dragging its feet on key reforms. As recently as yesterday, the country was made aware that the Minister of Energy, Gwede Mantashe, may deliberately be sabotaging the tabling of the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill – a key piece of legislation that can unlock private sector investment in the electricity sector.

On 11 September, we ask that South Africans join us in our court fight to have NERSA’s tariff decision reviewed and set aside, The time has come for South Africans to take their power back.

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