Energy Minister slams De Lille's renewable energy case filed against her

Mmamoloko Kubayi wants Mayor Patricia de Lille to withdraw a court case, in which she wants to be allowed to buy renewable energy from independent producers.

FILE: Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi. Picture: Parliament.co.za.

CAPE TOWN - Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi wants Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to withdraw a court case she filed in the Gauteng High Court on Thursday, in which she wants to be allowed to buy renewable energy from independent producers.

It’s been De Lille’s contention that the department is taking too long to allow this, forcing consumers to be beholden to Eskom.

But Kubayi says De Lille is jumping the gun and wasting ratepayers’ money by starting an unnecessary court battle.

Kubayi says De Lille has not exhausted inter-governmental mechanisms to resolve the dispute over the purchase and sale of renewable energy for Cape Town consumers.

Kubayi says she responded to a letter from De Lille on the matter, but no meeting was requested to iron out the issues.

“This is a waste of government resources. This is taxpayers’ money. Me and her, we are not using our money to fight in court.”

Kubayi says De Lille needs to be more patient.

“We want to support the renewables but let's do it within the framework of our planning.”

She adds that the department is finalising an integrated resource plan that will determine all the country’s energy needs.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)