To challenge the recent 30% national electricity tariff hike, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is taking the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to court on Monday. According to EWN, the party has described this hike as “extortionate” and calls for the entire energy crisis to be declared unconstitutional.
“While you continue to suffer under more load shedding, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa has granted Eskom an unaffordable electricity tariff hike of over 30% in the next two years. What that means is that you and I are paying more money for electricity. Electricity that the government cannot even provide,” said DA leader John Steenhuisen, emphasising that citizens are not at fault.
The DA is seeking a court ruling that declares Nersa’s tariff hike decision invalid and highlights the devastating impact of the ongoing electricity crisis. Stage 6 load shedding alone is estimated to cost the South African economy R900 million daily. Steenhuisen stressed the urgency for the national government to address power issues and reduce electricity prices.
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