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Motion calls for independent audit into city’s high power tariffs

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“Unsubstantiated mark-ups must be rectified and power must be restored to all residents of Sol Plaatje.”

File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko

THE DA tabled a motion during a Sol Plaatje Municipality virtual ordinary council meeting on Wednesday for an independent audit committee to urgently investigate the city’s high electricity tariffs.

DA councillor Christopher Phiri stated that the party had further requested that the committee report back to council within seven days, whereby council should retract the controversial electricity tariffs.

This follows a submission made by Eskom CEO Andrẻ de Ruyter last week that Sol Plaatje had the most expensive electricity in the country with a staggering 84% mark-up.

“The municipality has provided councillors and residents with selective information, thereby manipulating and evading responsibility for their questionable decisions. De Ruyter’s comments demand that Sol Plaatje’s tariffs be thoroughly examined and brought in line with the rest of the country,” said Phiri.

He added that they would discuss the electricity tariffs with the chief financial officer during an urgent special finance committee meeting that was requested to take place on Thursday.

“The DA will wage war with the municipality until Sol Plaatje residents are charged fair and approved electricity tariffs. Unsubstantiated mark-ups must be rectified and power must be restored to all residents of Sol Plaatje,” said Phiri.