Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen plans to contest the recently announced government bailout for Eskom. Minister Tito Mboweni announced today that the state planned on providing a further R59 billion to the embattled entity.
Minister Tito Mboweni recently announced that embattled power utility, Eskom, will be enjoying a further R59 billion in funding, courtesy of the South African taxpayer.
The South African reports that this will be the third multi-billion Rand bailout for the entity since the start of 2019.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen isn't having any of it apparently, promising to take the matter up on review.
The tax-funded bailout is set to weigh heavily on the Mid-Term Budget Speech, and the national fiscus.
Steenhuisen raised concerns over the procedural irregularities that he claims exist on the bill allowing for the bailout, threatening to challenge the plan in court
The Chief Whip was quick to clarify that the bill would not be immediately implemented and that it would still need to run the gauntlet through the National Assembly.
ANC Deputy Whip Doris Dlakude accused Steenhuisen of grandstanding, to which the senior DA member replied:
“I’ve never heard of adherence to the law, the procedures of the Money Bills Amendment Act and expecting MPs to do the job they are elected to do [labelled as] ‘grandstanding’ – with this attitude, it’s little wonder that Raymond Zondo has singled Parliament out for not doing its job.”
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