'City of CT won’t withdraw renewable energy court application'

City of Cape Town filed an application for a declaratory order, accusing the Energy Minister of blocking it from achieving its renewable energy goals.

FILE: Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city will not be withdrawing its court application to allow it to buy renewable energy from independent power producers.

Last month, the city filed an application for a declaratory order in the North Gauteng High Court, accusing Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi of blocking the city from achieving its renewable energy goals.

Kubayi said it was unnecessary for the matter to be handled by the court.

After a back-and-forth battle with the Energy Department for two and a half years, de Lille says the city cannot delay diversifying its energy sources any longer.

But Kubayi says a court case is a waste of money.

The department is also in the process of finalising plans that would guide the country's energy needs.

But mayoral spokesperson Zara Nicholson says there's been no formal request from Kubayi to retract the case.

Even so, the mayor's office says it won't be withdrawing the case.

It wants the court to provide clarity on the interpretation of the law, that prohibits the city from buying renewable energy from independent producers, without the Minister's permission.