- Some South Africans took to social media to express nostalgia for the days when Brian Molefe ran Eskom
- Molefe was notoriously a Gupta ally and was accused of shady dealings
- This is evidence of the levels of frustration many are feeling as a result of the load shedding
Due to load shedding frustration, some South Africans took to social media to ask for the return of Brian Molefe.
Molefe previously served as Eskom CEO, but had an ungraceful end to his career when the high court ruled that he was not entitled to his R30 million pension.
While some comments about Molefe were tongue-in-cheek, others seemed to be serious.
Some comments on social media expressed nostalgia for the time when Molefe was in charge of Eskom. However, Molefe's tenure was not as rosy as these comments would suggest.
In fact, revelations surfaced that Molefe was a collaborator with the Guptas and was allegedly involved in shady dealings at the power utility, with some going so far as to call him an enabler of corruption.
If anything, the fact that some South Africans are wishing for the return of a Gupta stooge is a sign of how frustrated people are with the new round of load shedding.
The current outages are stage 4, meaning that 4000 megawatts are being shed.
These outages have reportedly taken a major toll on productivity and cost the economy billions of rands per day. While the power utility claims the load shedding is the result of the failure of six generating units, others have expressed doubts about the explanation.
Many point to the timing of the load shedding, coming days after Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that he would split Eskom into three entities.
While for now there is no evidence to support these theories, with elections looming, anything is possible.
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