Eskom not being honest: DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has questioned Eskom’s honesty, after the power utility warned of further load shedding on Tuesday.

Eskom announced the “loss” of four power generating units, which the DA cited as ‘ominous’ news for South Africans entering into the festive season.

“Eskom has been promising South Africans that the power grid is stable and that there will be enough electricity to see us through this period,” said Natasha Michael, DA shadow minister of public enterprises.

“How is it possible then that we are suddenly being informed of a high risk of load-shedding?”

The party called on deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, as the new custodian of Eskom, to urgently provide clarity on this new load-shedding threat.

Cabinet said last week that president Jacob Zuma had assigned Ramaphosa to oversee the turnaround of three state-owned companies, namely South African Airways (SAA), Eskom and the South African Post Office.

The DA stated that early reports on Tuesday suggested that the cause of the breakdown was not even known to Eskom’s technicians.

“It is clear that Eskom is not being honest with us about the health of our power stations, or the contingency plans in place to prevent and resolve breakdowns,” Michael said.

“It is now the responsibility of deputy president Ramaphosa to urgently disclose the full reasons for the loss of these units, the impact this will have on South Africans, and the emergency plans in place to resolve this crisis.”

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