- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma managed to incite fury after failing to attend a meeting on Eskom's debt burden
- The Co-operative Governance Minister heads an inter-ministerial task team meant to address the issue
- The standing committee on public accounts cancelled the meeting, saying that it had been 'disrespected'
Despite confirming her attendance on Monday evening, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma snubbed a meeting that was called to discuss Eskom's financial trouble.
BusinessLIVE reports that Dlamini-Zuma heads a task team that is meant to be addressing the challenges facing the power utility, so it is alarming that she she opted out of attending this important gathering.
Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) had been furious over the minister's no-show at the meeting, cancelling the sitting altogether.
In fact, the majority of the team - which includes Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom interim CEO Jabu Mabuza - failed to take the time out to address the legislative watchdog's concerns.
SCOPA chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa had called the proceedings to a halt after being 'disrespected':
“We are getting used to this tendency of being undermined, but it is not sustainable. If we have to subpoena people then we will do that."
Dlamini-Zuma's spokesperson Lungi Mtshali had defended the minister, saying the meeting had clashed with a cabinet committee gathering.
Mtshali is adamant that the minister had requested that meetings should not clash with cabinet's schedule.
Meanwhile, Eskom's issues cumulated in load-shedding last week with South Africa plunged into Stage 2 cuts with minimal notice.
Briefly.co.za reported that a breakdown at the Medupi power plant had been blamed for the incident.
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