Numsa to picket outside Nersa offices

Numsa has called on its members to join a planned night vigil and a picket outside Nersa offices.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) on Sunday called on its members to join a night vigil and a picket at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)'s offices in Pretoria this week despite authorities denying them permission to demonstrate.

The picket is part of the union's campaign for Nersa not to grant Eskom their application for a 16 percent tariff hike each year for the next five years.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim slammed police and the City of Tshwane for not granting them permission to protest saying authorities are denying them their basic right.

“This is an attempt to try and frustrate a simple demonstration.”

Numsa will lodge an urgent application at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday to apply for permission to hold the night vigil and a picket.

The union said Nersa should not endorse Eskom's application as it would cripple the economy and raise prices of food and other basic necessities.

In January, Nersa concluded a two-month of public hearings into the proposed price hikes.

The hearings were meant to allow members of the public and other interested parties an opportunity to make submissions.

Nersa will announce its decision on 28 February.