- Deputy President David Mabuza believes President Cyril Ramaphosa was duped over load-shedding
- Mabuza feels that Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Eskom top dogs misled Ramaphosa over the outages
-This comes as the President faces backlash over his promise that no load-shedding would take place until mid-January
Deputy President David Mabuza says that President Cyril Ramaphosa was misled before he addressed the nation on the load-shedding crisis.
Speaking to the media, Mabuza shed some insight into his opinion on the debacle:
“They’ve misled the president, but right from the day we went there with the president I insisted on maintenance. Maintenance of these power stations is very important."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had cut a working visit to Egypt short in order to return to SA in the face of Stage 6 load-shedding.
The president had called an emergency meeting with Mabuza, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and interim Eskom CEO Jabu Mabuza.
In a press briefing following the meeting, Ramaphosa had vowed that Eskom would manage to keep the outages at bay until January 13.
Mabuza feels that no promises should be made in light of the current situation at the embattled power utility:
“You can’t say there won’t be any load-shedding if there is no effective maintenance of these power stations, some are old, of course, and we must rebuild these power stations, of course, we must also get the new ones running to full capacity."
The Citizen reports that Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko had released a statement in response to the deputy's comments:
“We have no doubt that the deputy president did not seek [to] nor did he, in fact, infer any malicious intent on either the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan or the Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza.”
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