- DA leader John Steenhuisen has blasted President Cyril Ramaphosa for handling the Eskom crisis via his phone
- The opposition party has called for drastic measures to be taken after the situation at the entity escalated on Monday
- Meanwhile, the president is enjoying a working trip to Egypt as the country questions the stability of the power grid
President Cyril Ramaphosa has ignored calls to remain home amidst an energy crisis and travelled to Egypt.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has demanded Ramaphosa urgently reconvene Parliament in order to address the situation.
However, Ramaphosa went ahead with the trip, commenting on his arrival in Egypt:
"South Africa and Egypt enjoy cordial bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and fraternal bonds dating back to the era of the liberation struggle.”
Steenhuisen views the developments at Eskom as a sign a race has started to ensure security for not only this generation but future South Africans as well.
Commenting on the implementation of Stage 6 load-shedding, Steenhuisen didn't mince his words:
“While President Ramaphosa is currently in Egypt surrounded by ancient ruins from a bygone era, today we too stand in front of a ruin from a bygone era – South Africa’s power producer that faces imminent collapse. The viability of Eskom in its current form is non-existent. This is not a crisis of new making; it has been fast approaching for a decade and more."
The interim DA leader is adamant that Ramaphosa's hands-off approach simply won't cut it:
“It is telling that at the height of what is not just an electricity crisis, but an economic risk and safety threat, the President decided to jet out of the country on an international sojourn to Egypt. Ramaphosa is greatly mistaken if he thinks he can run a country and manage this crisis via a cellphone."
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