Municipalities around the country owed Eskom R10.8 billion at the end of June, according to Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

“The department is engaging with all parties concerned to find a constructive solution to the challenge,” he said this week in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

According to the reply, the biggest debtor is City Power of the City of Johannesburg, which owed R1.075bn.

The question was posed by IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa. In a statement on his party’s website, he said the amounts owed were shocking and worrisome.

Ekurhuleni metro owed R972 million, the City of Tshwane metro R793m, the Nelson Mandela Bay metro R292m, the Buffalo City metro R128m, the eThekwini metro R813m, the Msunduzi municipality R146m, and the City of Cape Town metro R873m,” he said. – Sapa