South Africa`s Eskom: `We stopped supplying Zim months ago`

source: IOL
July 29 2008 at 08:07PM

By Peter Apps

London – South Africa stopped supplying electricity to its northern neighbour Zimbabwe “several months ago”, the chief executive officer of state electricity firm Eskom told Reuters on Tuesday.

Jacob Maroga said there was no political motive behind the shift. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has long been criticised by a string of western countries, particularly after the opposition pulled out of a June presidential election run-off citing violence.

“It is simply a contractual issue,” he told Reuters in an interview in London. “They had been paying for their electricity in advance. They simply stopped making new orders.”

Some Mugabe critics had also attacked South African President Thabo Mbeki, saying he was too soft on Zimbabwe and that South African electricity exports were helping him stay in power.

Maroga said Zimbabwe had shifted “two or three years ago” to paying for its electricity in advance, but earlier this [continue reading]



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