- The Public Protector has been investigating a complaint about independent power producers with a great deal of interest
- This may well be another indirect attack against President Cyril Ramaphosa as Busisiwe Mkhwebane looks into Eskom's contracts with the producers
- Phapano Phasha, founder of the Anti-Poverty Forum, lodged the complaint with Mkhwebane, raising concerns over the cost of the producers, which will be carried by Eskom
The Public Protector has launched a probe into Eskom's contracts with independent power producers (IPPs).
This may well be the new stick that Busiswe Mkhwebane hopes to beat President Cyril Ramaphosa with, reports The Citizen.
One of the beneficiaries of the IPP contracts is African Rainbow Energy and Power, owned by Patrice Motsepe, who just so happens to be brother-in-law to both Ramaphosa and former energy minister, Jeff Radebe.
Mkhwebane has written to Jabu Mabuza, chair at Eskom, asking for documentation relating to the procurement processes that led to the awarding of contracts to 27 IPPs.
Dikatso Mothae, deputy spokesperson at Eskom, has confirmed that they will be providing the documents requested by the Public Protector:
“We can confirm we have received a letter from the Public Protector and will provide information as requested."
Phapano Phasha, founder of the Anti-Poverty Forum, who was also linked to the Gupta-funded TV station ANN7, laid the complaint with the Public Protector. In a letter, Phasha raised concerns over the high costs of the IPPs to the embattled Eskom.
Phasha later laid charges against former acting SARS commissioner Mark Kingon and eventually went on to lay a complaint against Minister Pravin Gordhan with the ANC Integrity Commission.
Phasha had asked that the Public Enterprises Minister be required to step aside until his name had been cleared.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhwebane was already hot on Ramaphosa's heels, finding that he had misled Parliament over his controversial BOSASA donation.
Political Analyst Daniel Silke says that if the allegations against the president stick, he will be facing serious questions about his credibility:
“What we are seeing is a deep internal destabilisation to erode his power base within the ANC and to frustrate his ability to effect policy in the short term. He is probably feeling a deep sense of frustration and concern that he is being undermined and his character is being attacked. It is not ideal for him to be going through all this within his first 100 days in office."
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