Soweto residents insist they can only afford to pay a flat rate of R150 per household a month for electricity.
Soweto owes state power utility, Eskom at least R18-billion, a debt that accumulated over the years.
Residents protested on Wednesday and handed their memorandum of demands to Eskom offices in Diepkloof, Soweto.
Among other things they are demanding is that their debt be scrapped altogether, that Eskom stops what residents called the unreasonable extended load shedding and that the power utility improve its ageing infrastructure.
South African National Civic Organization (Sanco) Regional Secretary, Atwell Kamani, told Newsnote that the hundreds of residents that gathered outside the Eskom office, want to pay R150 flat rate only.
“Part of what we have tabled to Eskom is the issue of the flat rate of R150 because we believe R150 will make the difference, but currently there are people who are not paying at all,” he said.
Kamani said R150 may influence those who don’t buy electricity to start buying.
“Even those who have prepaid meter box, there are people who work for Eskom who use illegal system of payment, selling illegal electricity to people. If you buy units for R100 you then get R200 and not all that money goes to Eskom,” said Kamani.
Eskom senior manager for operations and maintenance, Daphne Mokoena, promised to deliver the memorandum to the utility’s Chief Executive Officer, Andre de Ruyter.
“We have heard your cries and we will answer in 21 days as you asked,” she said to a cheering crowd.
The march was led by Sanco together with the African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg region.