- The union says the Public Enterprises minister allowed looting to take place at the power utility
- Additionally, NUMSA opposes several plans at Eskom, such as unbundling the utility and turning to energy experts for advise
- NUMSA says the plans will lead to major job losses
NUMSA has demanded that Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan be sacked.
The union alleges that Gordhan was responsible for the high operation costs at the power utility.
In addition, NUMSA blames corruption, overstaffed leadership and independent power producers for Eskom's woes.
This the latest in NUMSA's objections to plans underway at Eskom. The union has also opposed Cyril Ramaphosa's proposal to unbundle the utility. NUMSA says this will lead to job losses.
Additionally, NUMSA is against Eskom bringing in independent power producers. NUMSA called Eskom a key national asset and said that private individuals could not be allowed to profit off something which is essential for the survival of South Africans, according to IOL.
Likewise, NUMSA took issue with Gordhan's announcement that Eskom would bring in top energy engineers from overseas to advise the power utility on how to address its problems.
NUMSA's call for Gordhan to step down comes after the Public Enterprises minister's announcement that Medupi and Kusile, two recently-built power plants, were substandard and riddled with structural problems.
NUMSA blames Gordhan for allowing state looting to take place at Eskom, and alleges that he is only pretending to be committed to turning the failing parastatal around.
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