EC government owes Eskom R200m

It’s emerged the power utility is owed R200 million from municipalities in the Eastern Cape.

Eskom's Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Municipalities in the Eastern Cape owe Eskom more than R200 million.

This is according to a response by Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance MEC Fikile Xasa to a Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary question.

Last year, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed municipalities across the country owed Eskom more than R10 billion in arrears.

The DA's Ross Purdon said the lax control of illegal electricity connections contributed heavily to the problem.

"There are a lot of illegal connections. The power is being lost and we're in the middle of one of the biggest energy crisis the country has ever seen and here we have municipalities owing these amounts of money, it's crazy."