DA calls for investigation into Eskom privatisation claims

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 15, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, has said that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown should clarify earlier statements on the selling of certain parts relating to Eskom, when no such plan has been tabled.

Her comments comes after the ANC’s Head of Economic Transformation Committee, Enoch Godongwana, announced on Friday that parts of the struggling power utility would be sold-off to help stabilise its crippling financial situation, characterised by rolling blackouts due to a lack of maintenance.

Speaking in a statement, Mazzone said that Godongwana’s comments contradicted those of the minister, who yesterday announced that she was not in favour of privatisation, and that both should come clean regarding government’s approach to the ongoing energy crisis.

“Eskom has gone from bad to worse, while South Africans and the economy suffer. As Eskom is a critically important state enterprise, the people of this country, through their elected representatives, have a right to be informed of government’s intentions,” Mazzone said.

“The Portfolio Committee must be allowed to perform its constitutionally mandated oversight role in the best interests of all South Africans”.

She also added that Brown’s comments was in stark contrast to those of Treasury Director-General, Lungisa Fuzile, who reportedly indicated that a change in policy could see the private sector taking a up to 30% stake in the utility.

It was meanwhile been reported that Eskom has implemented stage one load shedding from 17h00-22h30 due to a sudden spike in demand. 

 

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