AfriForum has joined the fight to keep the Mafube municipality’s electricity switched on. According to Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg, AfriForum spokesperson on local government, AfriForum will act on behalf of the Frankfort community. A letter was handed to Eskom yesterday, in which Eskom is requested to give the assurance that it will not suspend the electricity supply to the Mafube municipality.
Jansen van Rensburg said that if Eskom cannot give AfriForum this assurance, a legal process will be embarked on. “We are preparing for a legal process, should Eskom take action that is not in the interests of the paying residents of Frankfort,” he said.
“We understand the position that Eskom finds itself in, but the rights of the community should not be violated. The incompetent local politicians should be held accountable, not the paying residents of the municipality,” Jansen van Rensburg said.
AfriForum laid a complaint against the municipality with the Public Protector earlier this month, requesting an inquiry into the reasons for the crisis.