Democratic Alliance and Cyril Ramaphosa clash over Eskom report

Democratic Alliance and Cyril Ramaphosa clash over Eskom report

- The Democratic Alliance and President Cyril Ramaphosa are at odds over a 2017 Eskom report

- The DA claims that the report will reveal a 'cover-up' at the entity, with the state keeping the situation under wraps

- Ramaphosa denies this, saying that the information the opposition party wants released doesn't exist

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The Democratic Alliance is insisting that a report on 2008 load-shedding will reveal the blackouts were orchestrated by Eskom employees in an effort to get emergency coal contracts approved.

The opposition party has demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa release the report by the end of the week, so the nation can see the outcome of the Special Investigating Unit's report on the entity's multi-billion-Rand coal deal, according to The Citizen.

Natasha Mazzone, DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, insists that the state forked over a R14.5 billion bailout.

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Mazzone says that the investigation had spanned four years and could prove employees instated load-shedding to milk funds out of the state, benefiting coal suppliers.

The DA is insistent that the report should be made public and will expose the ANC:

“We demand the SIU report be released immediately so the people of South Africa can see we no longer have a government but an organisation of criminals and crooks who have taken the power away from the people.”

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Mazzone alleges that the response from the Presidency was that the report did not actually exist. This, in her opinion, is a blatant lie with government records indicating otherwise:

“This committee was established in response to recent electricity supply disruptions and the negative impact on the economy. However, what is astounding is the response from the Presidency. The Cabinet statement can be found here which confirms the existence of such a report."

The shadow minister says this leaves two conclusions - either Cabinet is being dishonest and no report was made, or the ANC does not wish to release the report and expose the true extent of the 'chaos' within Eskom.

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Mazzone maintains that the entity has been hindered by corruption, debt and capacity crises, with state capture 'ripping the heart' out of Eskom.

She now calls on the ruling party to be honest and disclose the issues at Eskom with complete transparency:

"We call on the ANC to make public the reports on Eskom to keep the public informed. This crisis affects every part of society and we deserve to know what mess the ruling government has dropped us in.”

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