Ramaphosa must abandon proposal for a second Eskom

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that he intends to create another state-owned enterprise to deal with South Africa’s energy crisis is patently ludicrous. The ANC has mismanaged Eskom into the ground and this proposal demonstrates that they will continue to exacerbate the energy crisis. The solution is not another Eskom. The solution is to vote for a new government. 

After more than a decade of load-shedding at the hands of a mismanaged power utility, the President’s solution is to create another power utility without meaningfully addressing the leadership crisis at Eskom. 

It must not be forgotten that Mr Ramaphosa was at the helm of solving this crisis for the 9 years he was entrusted to do so during his tenure as the Deputy President and he failed to do so. He is part of the problem and therefore cannot be trusted to fix it. 

The fact of the matter is that President Ramaphosa’s announcement has nothing to do with solving the energy and economic crisis exacerbated by his government. This is just another ploy to create more opportunities for patronage for his cadres in the tripartite alliance. 

It is not lost on us that this announcement emerged from the South African Communist Party’s (SACP) National Congress. It is typical of President Ramaphosa to pander to whichever audience he finds himself in front of. 

It is clear to us that President Ramaphosa is not interested in governing in the best interests of South Africa but rather continuing the gravy train at our expense in blind service to his political aspirations at the ANC Elective Conference in December this year.  

ActionSA rejects the proposal of a new parastatal to compete with Eskom and calls on Minister Gwede Mantashe and President Ramaphosa to abandon this idea and work meaningfully to find a lasting solution to our energy woes.