Outa trying to stop Eskom tariff hike through court action

The lobby group will be heading to the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow to try and stop the increase.

Megawatt Park in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lobby group, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), has applied for an urgent court application to stop the implementation of an electricity tariff increase.

Eskom says as it stands the 9,4 percent tariff increase comes into effect on Friday.

Outa will be heading to the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow, to try and stop the increase from going ahead, saying a 3,31 percent hike is more reasonable.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) approved the increase, which was less than the 16,6 percent the utility had asked for.

Outa's Ivan Herselman said, "Nersa are still waiting for Eskom to tell them which information is deemed to be confidential and which not and which of those are not to be included in the written reasons for decisions. It's unfathomable that they'd want to continue with the implementation of a tariff increase whilst they haven't event availed the reasons for the increase to the public."