Numsa heads to court over Nersa protest

The union will approach the North Gauteng High Court in order to protest outside Nersa's offices.

FILE: Nersa hearing picket. Picture: Nosipho Mngoma/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will approach the North Gauteng High Court in order to get permission to protest outside the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)'s offices in Pretoria.

The union wants to stage a protest on Wednesday and Thursday to oppose Eskom's application for a power price increase of 16 percent every year, for the next five years.

But Nersa's offices have been declared a national key point, meaning the union cannot protest there.

Numsa's Castro Ngobese said the union will urgently approach the court to get permission to picket.

Nersa is expected to announce its decision on Eskom's proposed electricity tariff hike on Thursday.