An independent, external party should investigate Eskom’s problems

2015-03-13
Adv Anton Alberts

The FF Plus welcomes the investigation the minister of public enterprises wants to have done into Eskom, but insists that it is done by an independent and external party, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on energy says.

Adv. Alberts says it remains incomprehensible that the chief executive of Eskom, Brian Dames, could have received a R22 million golden handshake for his ‘good work’ while it was known for a long time that Eskom has terminal problems.

He says the FF Plus had requested the Public Protector a long time ago to investigate Eskom’s inability to function properly.

“In the mean time the FF Plus regularly receives information from current and previous Eskom workers that indicates that maintenance have been neglected for years or have been inadequately undertaken and that it is indeed on the brink of collapse.

“This recognition by the government that there is a real crisis has been postponed to the eleventh hour, but it is the right step to take.

“The truth about the problems should be obtained and the only way that it will be done is to appoint a truly independent party to investigate it.

“If this does not happen, the FF Plus will without delay ask the Public Protector to intervene as it is of cardinal importance for South Africa and its residents that Eskom is rescued from total collapse,” Adv. Alberts said.

 

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