Pravin Gordhan: "We are in control, it will become apparent"

Pravin Gordhan: "We are in control, it will become apparent"

- Pravin Gordhan called in to Radio 702 on Wednesday to respond to criticism

- The Public Enterprises Minister said some of the claims made against him by another caller were not accurate

- He also argued that that the problems at Eskom were inherited from the previous administration

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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan made a surprise call into Radio 702 on Wednesday.

Gordhan phoned into the station to respond to criticism leveled against him by Chris Logan, an executive at Opportune Investments.

Logan had accused Gordhan of trying to "dictate" settlement between labour and management at Eskom, among other criticism, which Gordhan disputed.

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Additionally, Gordhan took issue with Logan's use of the word 'capture' to describe Gordhan's activities at the power utility, has gathered.

"South Africans by now should know who the agents of State Capture are," Gordhan said. 

The minister also responded to the claims that he had interfered in the dispute between labour and management in order to force a particular settlement agreement. Gordhan argues that he merely tried to get labour and management to sit down together to negotiate.

He said whatever agreement they came to after that was their business and the business of the Eskom board.

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Additionally, Gordhan took on Logan's claim that Eskom employees were being paid more while electricity generation is 5% less now than it was in 2007.

Gordhan agreed that the numbers paint a bleak picture but pointed out that the current administration had inherited these problems from the Zuma presidency and was not responsible for creating them. 

"The Eskom people on the generation side are doing their best to keep the lights on," he said.

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