- Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso has revealed the difficulties caused by interference at the embattled power utility
- Mavuso says that when calls are made, a 'shareholder' steps in to upset the apple cart
- EFF deputy Floyd Shivambu is adamant that this proves Minister Pravin Gordhan is wreaking havoc at the state-owned entity
Busisiwe Mavuso, a board member at Eskom, recently told a parliamentary committee how the entity had been under immense political pressure during the past year.
SowetanLIVE reported that Mavuso had described how the board had its hands tied when it came to making vital decisions due to an interfering shareholder.
While the board member opted not to name-drop, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is currently Eskom's shareholder representative:
“There are decisions that we know we have to be making as this board, but the shareholder quickly comes in and says that you can't do that because it is politically inconvenient."
Mavuso is adamant that the only way to truly solve South Africa's energy crisis is to implement load-shedding:
“I think therefore if we were given the latitude to actually make decisions without political interference as this board, I would tell you what we would do: I would actually go to South Africans and say honestly, we need to load-shed at least for the next eight months."
In response to Mavuso's daring revelation, Economic Freedom Fighter deputy president Floyd Shivambu feels validated, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Shivambu shared his opinion on the matter on social media, commenting that the Red Berets had long suspected Gordhan's interference:
"The ESKOM Board Member basically confirms what we have been saying: Jamnandas Gordhan is micromanaging SOEs, has no respect for governance principles and causing havoc. He does that in all SOEs and none of his interferences has brought stability. Jamnandas is a huge liability!"
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