Electricity Act No.7 of 1969 – Public importance of Generation and supply of
electricity – Disconnection of electricity supply – When justified –
section 31(1)(a)(i) of the Act – Illegal by-pass connection by squatting tenants – Duty of landlord to guarantee lawful use of electricity by tenants – Application for a court interdict to compel re-connection - onus on the applicant to establish that he fulfilled his role to maintain lawful use of electricity.
Where the landlord fails to guarantee proper use of electricity on his rented premises and illegal squatters bypass and cheat the meters of electricity, and the Electricity Company disconnects the supply in terms of section 31of the Electricity Act, the landlord ---- the onus to establish that he fulfilled his supervisory sole to guarantee lawful use of electricity.
IN THE HIGH COURT OF LESOTHO
HELD AT MASERU
In The matter between:
MASHAMOLE LETOAO APPLICANT
LESOTHO ELECTRICITY COMPANY (PTY) Ltd RESPONDENT