- Eskom Chief Operations Officer Jan Oberholzer has revealed the truth behind last week's load-shedding woes
- The executive insists that the rot runs deep at the state-owned entity
- South Africans have applauded Oberholzer for revealing the real situation at Eskom
Jan Oberholzer spoke to City Press in a tell-all interview recently and the Eskom COO has made an impression on the country.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had blamed sabotage as a part of the problem that saw Eskom resorting to Stage 6 outages.
However, Oberholzer insists that this added to the issues but wasn't solely responsible, commenting:
“The main cause of the load-shedding was not sabotage or rain or whatever. After 12 years of neglecting our power stations, our system is unpredictable and unreliable. I’m not talking about putting on a band-aid, I mean that real, deep maintenance is required."
Instead, Oberholzer revealed that corruption at all levels of the utility had resulted in a situation that now needs massive repairs to rectify:
"Since returning, I've realised that greed is an untreatable disease. I'm now working with the special investigative unit. The capture runs right through the entire organisation, not just the leadership."
The frank discussion on the situation at the cash-strapped utility has impressed both citizens and energy experts alike.
Expert Chris Yelland reacted to the interview without his usual scepticism, seemingly satisfied that the truth had come out:
"Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer speaking frankly. Very, very frankly. "
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