Eskom-Emfuleni tug of war spills into High Court again

It never rains but pours at Emfuleni municipality in Vanderbijlpark. The property attachment drama which played itself out at the municipality offices, today continued in the High Court where the local authority is seeking to interdict the sheriff of the court from further attachments.

Acting Mayor of Emfuleni Cllr Pius Maseko, told the media today at the council offices that they have successfully interdicted the sheriff of the court from further attaching the council properties.

Emfuleni property being attached

Maseko claimed that the attachments have been brought to a standstill adding that they shall be in court again tomorrow to argue for the return of the seized property.

Eskom spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha dismissed the claims as untrue, maintaining that the attachments were continuing until Emfuleni settles in full the outstanding installments arrears.

“Eskom is opposing the municipality application. The case will be argued starting 08:30 tomorrow. We continue attaching the property,” said Mantshantsha

Council spokesman, Makhosonke Sangweni, said he was still waiting for a briefing from the lawyers about the outcome of the interdict.

“It is for this reason I’m saying after the briefing with our legal team we shall then respond to all questions including issuing a statement,” said Sangweni.

The council lost a fleet of vehicles and office furniture yesterday when the sheriff of court pounced on their offices in Vanderbijlpark

The council’s capacity to deliver services to residents and business community is currently compromised.

The council owes Eskom R2.3 billion in unpaid electricity supplies. The attachments were triggered by the council’s failure to honour an existing payment arrangement.

Eskom was granted permission to attach council properties by the High Court in March 2018.

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