Jo’burg tenants win case on electricity disconnection

In 2009 a group of low-income residents in a Johannesburg building went to court after the municipality disconnected their electricity service even though they had been paying their landlord for electricity. It turned out that the owner of the building wasn’t passing this money on to the electricity service provider and, in response, the municipality disconnected the tenants’ electricity supply without notice. The residents won their case – called Joseph – in the Constitutional Court, which said that they had a right to notice and an opportunity to make representation before their electricity was disconnected. (Joseph)