Eskom, stop hiding behind Apartheid laws and provide electricity to South Africa - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday challenged national power utility, Eskom, to “stop hiding behind Apartheid laws and provide electricity to South Africa”.

This is after @Netwerk24 journalist, Le Roux Schoeman was reportedly detained yesterday and later released by security at Eskom’s Majuba Power Station for taking photos of a “National Key Point”.

The party’s National Spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme, said that the reported detention was a “cause for serious concern”.

“My colleague, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Michael, will request an urgent briefing of Parliament’s Public Enterprises by the Minister of Public Enterprises and Eskom management on South Africa’s ongoing power crisis,” van Damme said in a statement .

“At this meeting I will request a full explanation on why Eskom is using an Apartheid law, the National Key Point Act, to – as it would appear – hide Majuba Power Station from public scrutiny.

“The DA will continue to guard against any attempts to curtail the right of the media to gather and disseminate information in the public interest.”

She said that press freedom is the cornerstone of any democracy.