Deputy President David Mabuza has claimed that the electricity shortage in South Africa is a sign of a growing economy. This has opened him up to endless criticism, not only from his peers in Parliament, but from South Africans as well.
Speaking during his question and answer session in Parliament yesterday David Mabuza invited drama into his life with his comments on the embattled state entity Eskom.
Ironically, the Deputy President had been responding to questions on youth unemployment and the nation's preparations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Mabuza had commented that electricity used to only be available to select sections of the population while today most have access:
“The shortage of electricity is a sign of growth.”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this month that Stage 4 load shedding had been put in place, closely followed by days of outages.
According to Eyewitness News, Members of Parliament had responded to the deputy's comment with laughter.
John Steenhuisen, Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance, had been quick to point out that the heralded revolution would surely need electricity. The MP accused Mabuza of attempting to shrug off the crisis at Eskom.
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