Freedom Front Plus says BEE is responsible for crisis at Eskom

Freedom Front Plus says BEE is responsible for crisis at Eskom

- The Freedom Front Plus says affirmative action has led to Eskom's current problems

- The party's Western Cape premier candidate, Peter Marais, says BEE resulted in white and coloured employees at the power utility losing their jobs

- Additionally, Marais called for the Western Cape to be run independently from the rest of the country

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Peter Marais, the Freedom Front Plus's Western Cape premier candidate, says that Eskom's woes are a result of affirmative action.

He says the power utility got rid of white and coloured personnel and replaced them with less-qualified black employees.

In Marais' view, underqualified engineers and management staff have led to the degradation of Eskom infrastructure and mismanagement of the energy supply.

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Additionally, Marais argued that affirmative action should assist minorities, rather than the majority, according to Eyewitness News. 

This is one of several sweeping statements Marais has made about governance in both the Western Cape and South Africa as a whole. 

In addition to his views on Eskom, Marais has also said in recent weeks that the Western Cape should be run independently from the rest of the country. He argues that the Western Cape is able to sustain itself.

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As a result, Marais pledged that, if elected, he will hold a referendum to see if Western Cape citizens want the province to be independent.

However, if Marais called for such a referendum, it would still need to be approved by the National Assembly before coming into effect, has learned.

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In addition, many citizens may be unlikely to vote for such a move, because Marais himself admits than an independent Western Cape may force residents to pay higher taxes.

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