LinkyEskom is starting to play hardball with non-paying residents of Soweto, Netwerk24 reported on Sunday.
The state-owned power utility has apparently started to cut off the electricity of those who are not paying as well as anyone who interferes with electricity meters in order to connect to the grid illegally. Furthermore, fines are issued for "interfering" with meters.
Fin24 has previously reported that Eskom has started disconnecting power "to thousands of Soweto households".
In October Fin24 also reported that National Treasury had stipulated that Eskom needs to recover all debt owed to it by errant municipalities, national department and corporations - including in Soweto.
Municipal debt owed to Eskom stands at R25.1bn and could approach R30bn by year end, Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza warned recently. Eskom's results announced in October, showed that municipal arrear debt increased by R5.2bn from March 2019 to R25.1bn as at the end of September.
Residents in Soweto owe Eskom a total of R20bn - almost half of the total local municipal debt owed to the electricity utility. Many Sowetans claim they simply cannot pay.