Eskom: Public must pay R190bn to fix our mess. Judge: Think again
Utility has embarked on a series of court bids to raise power prices, but has just suffered its first setback
Bedevilled power producer Eskom – which is trying to bleed as much as R190bn from consumers through a series of tariff hikes – has been dealt a hammer blow by the Pretoria High Court.
On Monday, judge Jody Kollapen dismissed an urgent application by the utility, which if successful would have seen electricity prices raised by 16.6% and 16.7% over the next two years.
This after Eskom had turned to the courts to have a 2019 decision by the National Energy Regulator (Nersa), which approved increases of 8.10% for 2020 and 5.22% for 2021, set aside...