Crime intelligence investigating Eskom load-shedding "sabotage" claims

Crime intelligence investigating Eskom load-shedding "sabotage" claims

- Police are looking into allegations that Eskom employees sabotaged the power utility

- This comes after the recent bout of load-shedding

- Some figures within Eskom are reportedly opposed to the reforms currently underway

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The crime intelligence unit of the police is reportedly looking into whether the recent bout of load-shedding could be the result of sabotage.

The unit is conducting an investigation into allegations that Eskom employees deliberately damaged infrastructure.

One member of the unit has reportedly said they are looking into concerns that electricity shortages have gotten worse as the election approaches.

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This follows Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan telling the media at a press briefing on Tuesday that there were concerns of sabotage within the power utility. 

According to City Press, some sources in the government claim that some Eskom employees are using sabotage to undermine efforts to reform the state-owned enterprise. 

During the Zuma administration, Eskom was reportedly taken over by extensive patronage networks. Now, current is trying to decentralise control of Eskom and also overhaul how the power utility is run. These include Cyril Ramaphosa's calls for Eskom to be unbundled.

Additionally, a new Eskom board recently took over and has been trying to implement changes to the enterprise.

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Nevertheless, at the Tuesday press briefing, Gordhan said he was confident that the National Prosecuting Authority would take action against those responsible for Eskom's problems, based on information that was already in the public domain.

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