Soweto residents want 'fair treatment' from Eskom

Locals have accused the parastatal of misusing its power by refusing to properly consult with residents.

FILE: One community member said he needs an explanation for reported fluctuations and tariff charges. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in Soweto say they are not opposed to paying for electricity but want to be 'treated fairly' by Eskom.

Residents say they simply want Eskom to consider socio-economic conditions in Soweto and regulate payment accordingly.

Locals have accused the parastatal of misusing its power by refusing to properly consult with residents.

Last week, community members in Orlando West protested against the installation of prepaid meter systems in the township.

Today, hundreds of ANC members marched to Eskom's offices in Diepkloof demanding that the power utility review its systems.

One community member said he needs an explanation for reported fluctuations and tariff charges.

In a memorandum of demands handed to Eskom today, the Johannesburg branch of the ANC called on the power utility to adequately inform residents of its plans.

The party is also demanding a public apology for what it says is Eskom's ill treatment of residents.