Khayelitsha family to sue Eskom over power disconnection

The Public Protector found that Eskom had wrongfully disconnected the family’s electricity supply.

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CAPE TOWN - A Khayelitsha family that's been living without electricity for five months now plans to sue Eskom.

An investigation by the Public Protector has revealed the power utility wrongfully disconnected the Khumalo family's electricity in February, without warning them.

Shorn Khumalo lodged a complaint at the Public Protector's office in March after Eskom disconnected his family's electricity supply in February without notice.

Khumalo says they have approached the Human Rights Commission to help in taking this matter to court.

"We've approached the South African Human Rights Commission because I'm aware that Eskom has got huge legal budget that they probably will try and come guns blazing at my family but we don't have the resources to fight them."

In the Public Protector's report it states Eskom had wrongfully disconnected the power supply without any notice or warning.

The Public Protector has ordered the power utility to respond to the report within two weeks.

Eskom says it will not comment publicly until it responds to the report.