- Parliament has revealed that the Department of Public Enterprises owes Eskom R13.2 million
- This forms part of the billions owed by the state to the energy utility
- Scopa chair has called for the all departments to submit detailed payment plans
The Department of Public Enterprises owes Eskom R13.2 million, according to revelations made in parliament on Tuesday. This raises concerns as the department is responsible for the struggling Eskom.
Furthermore, Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, had previously announced that his department was going to enforce consequences on those with outstanding debts to the energy utility.
The department’s embarrassing debt was revealed after the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) called for submission of detailed payment plans by 2020.
According to The Citizen, it was also revealed in parliament that both national and provincial government owe a total of approximately R9.2 billion while municipalities owe a staggering R26.5 billion.
In a more ironic twist, it emerged that even parliament owes Eskom money although the amount, R17 000, seems little compared to the total amount owed.
Scopa chair, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, will not let the debts slide. He said he would write to the various departments informing them to submit plans with details on how they were going to pay back the money.
Hlengwa went on to call for the switching off of power for businesses who owe Eskom money. The state-owned enterprise’s own debt to government is currently sitting at R454 billion.
Gordhan has responded by saying that the issue would take some months to resolve.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Eskom was set to substantially increase electricity tariffs in order to make up for the billions lost. According to an energy expert, the power utility is looking to implement an 80% increase to the cost of electricity. This comes after a 14% tariff increase was approved earlier this year.
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