- Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has confirmed Ramaphosa's sabotage claims
- The executive insists the culprit had insider knowledge of practices at the utility
- Former Eskom exec Matshela Koko disagrees, claiming it's a tall tale to begin with
Energy experts and citizens alike are debating the merits of sabotage claims at Eskom.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had revealed the bombshell allegation during a emergency briefing on the situation at the utility.
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer confirmed Ramaphosa's allegation, adamant that the person responsible had "a very good understanding of the operations of a power station", reports BusinessLIVE.
Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko has condemned the excuse, adamant that the proposed incident was impossible:
"No single component or instrument failure in a power plant should lead to a loss of 2000MW. It is a lie! The design philosophy employed in power stations will not allow that. There is a lot of redundancy especially in the balance of plant. Cyril Ramaphosa smell the coffee!"
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has promised the nation that the lights will remain on over the festive period.
Nevertheless, Stage 2 load-shedding continues on Thursday, with Eskom urgently seeking court approval to increase tariffs.
This comes as the utility is estimated to have lost over R27 billion during the nationwide outages that have been plaguing the country since last week.
With the economy already balking under the pressure of carrying out business as usual without electricity, the proposed 16.6% hike may well prove detrimental to the financial health of an already-struggling nation.
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