- Gwede Mantashe says the blame shouldn't be placed on him for Eskom's troubles
- Instead, the Energy Minister has passed the buck along to Minister Pravin Gordhan
- Those who wish to place Eskom's issues at Mantashe's feet were labelled 'opportunistic' by the minister
Gwede Mantashe might be the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, but the politician refuses to take the blame for Eskom's troubles.
Speaking in the wake of immense criticism levied against him, Mantashe commented that:
"To accuse me of Stage 6, when Eskom is in another ministry, that in itself is just opportunist[ic]. I am not the minister responsible for Eskom. I must be allowed to do my work within my responsibility, complement the work that is done in [the] public enterprise [portfolio]."
Mantashe is adamant that Eskom is currently under Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan:
"I have a responsibility and duty to respect Gordhan in the space that has been allocated to him and not be a disrupter of that space. I will resist anybody who pushes me to be a disrupter of that space. Though Eskom is a source of energy, it is allocated in public enterprise and there is a minister responsible [in that portfolio]."
News24 reports that Mantashe's department is at least aware of the fact that it has a role to play in repairing the power utility.
The department recently released a statement on interventions to allow for demand to be met, including the introduction of independent power producers.
Briefly.co.za reported that while the current load-shedding is indeed a 'crisis', it is still a manageable one, according to Gordhan.
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