Eskom to press charges against DA MP’s over “false” petition handover


Power utility Eskom has reportedly laid criminal charges against two Democratic Alliance (DA) MP’s for contravening the Regulation of Gatherings Act.

In a statement, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said around 30 DA members, headed by the party’s Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone and Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Kevin Mileham, illegally gained access to its Megawatt Park head office on Wednesday, before demanding the handing over of a petition to CEO Brain Molefe about the recouping of bonuses paid to executives since 2008.

He stated that the group then started occupying the reception area despite having not made any pre-arrangements to see Molefe.

“Ms Mazzone and Mr Mileham as Members of Parliament will know the laws relating to demonstration, protests and handing over of memorandums. None of these were followed. All were ignored,” Phasiwe said.

“This action was unnecessary. It was cheap politicking and electioneering of the worst kind. More so because the issues raised in the petition are the same issues that have been raised in Parliament, which have been addressed several times”.

Speaking in reaction, Mazzone said the party had made arrangements with Eskom Stakeholder spokesperson Loyiso Jiya, and that they were let through by security guards with no questions being asked.

She then alleged that the group, once at the reception area, where told to keep the passages clear as they waited to address Jiya, but were then instead greeted by Molefe.

“We explained the contents of the petition to him and he agreed to accept the documents. Once the handover was complete, the group left Megawatt Park in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner,” Mazzone said.

“[These charges] are nothing more than a desperate attempt to draw attention away from our petition against the fact that while South Africa continues to grapple with an electricity shortage that has cost the economy billions, Eskom executives have been paid R73 million in ‘performance bonuses’ over the past seven years”.