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Load shedding a ploy to privatise Eskom, says Vavi

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Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the continued load shedding by Eskom is due to deliberate mismanagement and inefficiency from within to hand the entity to private hands.

Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Werner Beukes/African News Agency (ANA)

SAFTU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the continued load shedding by power utility Eskom is due to deliberate mismanagement and inefficiency from within to hand the entity to private hands.

Speaking at the media briefing of the campaign movement Cry of the Xcluded, Vavi said Saftu was one of the organisations making calls on current CEO Andre de Ruyter to be fired, together with his entire board.

“They failed beyond reasonable doubt that they are useless. They have proven that there is no solution that will ever come from their side. South Africa is suffering. South Africa is in darkness,” he said.

He made the statement when asked during the briefing of Cry of the Xcluded, when it outlined its expectation ahead of the medium-term expenditure framework to be tabled by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana.

There are growing calls that the CEO, the board and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan should resign for failing to bring an end to load shedding.

On Monday, Eskom announced Stage 4 load shedding until Friday, after experiencing breakdowns at its power stations.

Vavi said no economy could survive under the ongoing load shedding and SMMEs were set to close down and millions of workers would be placed on short-term employment, among other things.

This is also happening as pupils prepare for final exams and criminals are taking advantage of the “total mess”.

“We believe it is deliberately mismanaged and defunded to allow this utility to be handed over to private hands,” he said.

Vavi noted that there were now independent power producers (IPPs) and municipalities could source electricity from them.

He said renewable energy should be placed in the hands of the people, and not the private sector, in order to generate profit.

“This hollowing of Eskom is deliberate so that the friends of politicians can benefit,” he said.

Vavi also said central to their call on President Cyril Ramaphosa was that the Eskom board and Gordhan, who allegedly said the load shedding issue was “complicated”, should be removed.

“If he does not fire these people then he must step down, resign and leave the seat for someone else,” Vavi said.

– POLITICAL BUREAU

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