Eskom has come under fire from the African National Congress (ANC), following the latest move to ramp up load shedding from stage 2 to stage 4 on the first day. matriculants are writing their final examinations.
The power utility moved from Stage 2 to Stage 4 load shedding on Wednesday from 12 pm until 5 am on Friday. It announced it would continue to implement Stage 2, promising it would end at 5 am on Saturday.
ANC National Spokesperson Pule Mabe said the ruling ANC was concerned that power outages coincided with the first day of final exams for thousands of matriculants expected to study and write exams without interruption.
Mabe said the ANC is demanding unequivocal answers regarding the current state of power supply.
It is gravely concerning and suspicious to get mixed messages, and a lack of transparency and accountability, according to Mabe.
“It also goes against our manifesto commitment to ensure safe and reliable electricity supply to our communities.”
To achieve transparency, Mabe says, power utility leadership needs to explain to South Africans what the state of power supply is, and assess whether there are the right skills and leadership at Eskom in the current environment.
“The anxiety and disruption caused by inconsistent messages and the failure to inspire confidence in the grid must be condemned,” added Mabe,
“In light of the contradictory information and assurances provided by Eskom, the ANC appears hesitant that these may well be deliberate actions perpetrated by someone within Eskom for political purposes,” added Mabe.