The High Court sitting in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, has issued a ruling that Eskom should suspend its power interruptions in the Thaba Chweu Municipality until the end of January.

The court has also ordered Mpumalanga Premier and African National Congress Deputy President David Mabuza to come up with solution to the Eskom debt.

Thaba Chweu Municipality in Lydenburg owes Eskom over R400 million and has failed to honour a payment plan agreed to with the utility.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says they’ll comply with the court’s ruling.

“Well, Eskom is a law abiding company, we would take heed of the court judgment and we would wait according to the ruling that was given by the court for the Premier of Mpumalanga to find a resolution on the matter.”

“We have to understand though that the court did not say we cannot or never interrupt power supply there. The court is saying let’s give the Premier sometime to come up with a solution if the time that we have has been allocated to the Premier or province lapses, then obviously we will start introducing power interruptions again,” says Phasiwe.

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