Ramaphosa's leadership is in question following his recent Eskom comments

Ramaphosa's leadership is in question following his recent Eskom comments

- The president called the new round of load shedding "disturbing"

- Opposition parties said this was proof that Ramaphosa had little control over state institutions

- COPE demanded that Ramaphosa tell the public the truth about what was happening at Eskom

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Opposition parties have questioned Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership after the current load shedding crisis.

The DA said that Ramaphosa's comment that he was angry at the Eskom situation was evidence that he did not have a strong grip on state institutions.

A spokesperson for COPE also demanded that the president tell the public the truth about what was going on at the power utility.

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The recent round of load shedding has angered citizens and taken a heavy toll on the economy, with at least R2 billion lost every day. There have also been reports that the outages have put workers like miners in danger.

The load shedding came only days after Ramaphosa's SONA speech, where he announced ambitious plans to overhaul Eskom and divide it intro three entities.

The optimism about the power utility was short lived, however. Due to the alleged failure of six generating units, Eskom has implemented stage 4 load shedding - the shedding of a hefty 4000 megawatts.

Ramaphosa has said little about the load shedding, but on Twitter he called it "disturbing". 

As a result, opposition parties took government - and particularly Ramaphosa - to task over the power outages.

The DA's Natasha Mazzone, for example, demanded that executives be held accountable over the energy crisis. She also demanded that Ramaphosa take action against his allies.

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COPE's Dennis Bloem similarly accused Ramaphosa of insulting South Africans' intelligence by not telling the public directly what was happening at Eskom. Bloem also challenged Ramaphosa to step up and act like the president.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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