As a symbol of power outages, Democratic Alliance (DA) says on Monday it has thrown used matchsticks in front of Deputy President David Mabuza’s office.
Ordinary South Africans use matchsticks during rolling power cuts to light candles and to prepare food on paraffin stoves.
President Cyril Ramaphosa put him [Mabuza] in charge of a special cabinet committee to look at Eskom’s crises and give regular reports on what action to take.
DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone said this crisis remains a massive threat to the country as winter is coming and Eskom cannot keep the lights on.
Mazzone said the ANC government has been burning through diesel reserves to keep the lights on until May 8.
“Eskom’s financial black hole keeps getting darker and deeper, it may need a R100-billion a year over and above the R23-billion a year it has already secured.
Eskom engineers confirmed that they no longer have control of the system and that the collapse of the grid is imminent, ”said Mazzone.
Mazzone said it left South Africa without power because of rampant corruption and mismanagement at Eskom.
“Recently, Eskom subjected the country to a week of stage 4 blackouts which resulted from lack of maintenance and looting at the state enterprise by the ANC government,” said Mazzone.
Since then, said Mazzone, it has applied a bandage on the gushing wound which is the Eskom crisis.
“Treasury expects this to run for at least 10 years. Instead of finding a sustainable solution to the problems at Eskom, the ANC government is burning through a diesel at an alarming rate which costs over R100 million per month,”
“This government has no plan to fix Eskom, the only plan is how to loot the public purse dry.”
The DA will also continue to request transparency about the Chinese loans the government has secured.
Mazzone claim Chinese development agencies ended up owning public facilities after enchanting vulnerable countries worldwide into a debt trap.
DA cannot allow South Africa to fall for a trap because the ANC government is fumbling.
“We have long called for an efficient and transparent energy sector that offers cheap electricity to the benefit of all South Africans,” added Mazzone.