- President Cyril Ramaphosa has claimed that sabotage way instrumental in the current load-shedding
- The politician address the nation to fill Mzansi in on the situation at Eskom
- Ramaphosa is adamant that those responsible will face the wrath of the law after they are found
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President Cyril Ramaphosa held a press briefing on the situation currently facing the embattled state-owned entity.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa has cut his trip to Egypt, which he insists was a working trip and not a holiday, short in order to address the current crisis at Eskom.
Ramaphosa noted that the power outages were an impediment to investment and a risk to the economy:
"Obviously, energy plays a key role in the economic life of our country, and when factories and mines have to shut down because they don't have enough energy, it has a negative impact. If this persists, it could lead us to recession."
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More alarmingly, Ramaphosa claimed that sabotage had been the reason for a portion of the load-shedding:
“The sabotage came at a time when we had all the problems and just added to the many other problems, but on its own it would have not really sort of sunk the system. But I think it is also important for all of us to note that there are certain people within the system who take it upon themselves to go and switch off certain instruments and that finally led us to losing so many megawatts."
Those responsible will be brought to book, says the president, who was adamant that a game plan was well underway:
"So we are now taking all these actions ... and that is why we have insisted that there must be an emergency recovery plan that is going to make sure that we restore stability to the network. That is going to be done so that we do not have a catastrophic situation that is going to have a negative impact on our energy."
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