- The Democratic Alliance is convinced that the ANC is forcing Eskom to keep the lights on in South Africa until after the elections
- The opposition party is convinced that the ANC has pressurized the debt-ridden utility to procure diesel 'at all costs'
- The ANC has admitted that they are doing their best to prevent load-shedding, but would naturally never concede to the DA's theory.
The Democratic Alliance appears convinced that the ANC is throwing it's weight around at Eskom and for all the wrong reasons.
The opposition party claims that the ruling party has used their influence to give some semblance of control and order at the utility, at least until after the elections.
The DA claims that Eskom employees have been trying to avoid load-shedding, with strict orders from the state to keep the power on until South Africans have cast their votes.
According to News24, this is the latest attempt from the ANC to win the affection of Gauteng voters, with another recent example of this being the scrapping of e-tolls.
Natasha Mazzone, DA spokesperson for public enterprises, claims that Eskom employees have confirmed the DA's suspicions.
“Some are telling us that they have been given the instruction to keep the lights on at all costs,” she said. People are literally living in fear for their lives. They are sending code messages and phoning on private numbers so that we don’t know who they are."
Mazzone further claims that diesel is being procured in an attempt to generate power without solely relying on the aging Eskom fleet:
"We are even getting messages that people are being told that they are not allowed to sell diesel to anyone who is not Eskom related. They are procuring as much diesel as they can at whatever cost.”
The ANC is insistant that it is doing everything possible to keep SA poweredm with Dakota Legoete, acting ANC national spokesman, confirming:
“We cannot go on with blackouts and an unstable electricity supply as it threatens jobs and investment potential, and increases the level of crime. It is a matter that we can’t leave to chance. It is going to be important that we bring about stability in the provision of electricity.”