Energy Expert Coalition's Ted Blom said Eskom's application should be scrapped as the still-captured and corrupt utility should not be granted any increases until a full forensic audit was completed.
Stop CoCT founder Sandra Dickson said the timing of the public
hearings showed that the increases should be rubber-stamped.
"It is the worst decision to hold public hearings so early in January. We also need to state that consumers cannot pay these exorbitant increases. It just does not work.