- Eskom CEO Jabu Mabuza doesn't seem to be enjoying his position at the helm of the embattled entity
- Mabuza said he didn't apply to be the utility's acting CEO and didn't actually want the job to begin with
- The Democratic Alliance has accused the entity of knowing about imminent load shedding but keeping it quiet
Jabu Mabuza has been left defensive and apologetic after load-shedding riled citizens.
The Eskom chair and acting CEO says that the power utility had not intended to leave Mzansi in the lurch with the sudden onset of power outages:
"I’d like to take this time to unreservedly apologise to South Africans for the negative impact that our decision to implement load shedding has had on them. I also sincerely apologise for the minimal warning we gave you about the challenging situation we found ourselves in this week."
In response to a question over whether or not he is the right person to man the fort at the embattled state-owned entity, Mabuza said President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Pravin Gordhan had made the decision:
“Am I the right person? I would have applied for the job if I had the qualifications and I wanted it, I didn’t apply for this. South Africans and the president and the minister must make the call."
Briefly.co.za reported that technical challenges at the Medupi station, where a conveyor belt transporting coal had broken down, had contributed to the Stage 2 outages.
The Democratic Alliance had claimed the utility had known about the imminent load-shedding but had opted not to 'come clean', reports The Citizen.
Mabuza denied this claim, saying that this was not the way he had wanted to end his tenure as Eskom's caretaker:
“You have to trust me when I say tonight’s media briefing is not one I’d wished for. The decision to implement load shedding is one that we did not take lightly and in effect our objective is to avoid load shedding and if absolutely necessary to do so at as a minimum level as is possible."
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