In an exclusive interview with Tshidi Madia, ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane criticizes the Minister of Public Enterprises for his handling of the country’s energy emergency.
Nomvula Mokonyane at Gavin Watson’s memorial service in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg. Photo: Kayleen Morgan/EWN.
JOHANNESBURG – Controversial member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC NEC), Nomvula Mokonyane, has accused Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan of turning the Eskom boss into an untouchable individual, while the minister does not still not accountable for the electrical emergency in the country.
Mokonyane said Gordhan had turned Eskom chief executive (CEO) Andre De Ruyter into an ‘alpha and omega’ of the crisis, which has seen South Africans go hours on end in a day without power .
She made comments to Eyewitness News days after Gordhan delivered a report on the current electricity crisis in the country to the ANC NEC.
“Comrade Pravin, I hope that [the NEC meeting] interactions, will understand that he must be part of a collective, a collective that seeks to contribute to solutions for this country,” said Mokonyane of the Minister of Public Enterprises.
In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News‘ podcast Politrick with Tshidi MadiaMokonyane, a controversial former minister herself, has raised concerns about creating a one-size-fits-all on the issues plaguing Eskom.
She argued that Gordhan had turned De Ruyter into something of a super expert on Eskom, stepping back and not communicating with the ruling party and the public as the blackouts escalated.
“Over the past few days we haven’t seen anyone else, we’ve seen the CEO many times and not even Minister Pravin Gordhan, which I think is his own creation and needs to stop,” Mokonyane said.
During the discussion, Mokonyane suggested that Gordhan did not report to the ANC and was allowed to continue as “law unto himself” because his sub-committees are dysfunctional and too focused on issues. internal disputes within the party.
Mokonyane’s views are consistent with media reports, including Eyewitness News, that Gordhan was rolled up on the fingers by his peers at the NEC meeting. The NEC is the ANC’s highest decision-making body between conferences. Apparently Gordhan was criticized for not giving the party confidence in what was happening in Eskom.
He is said to have blamed corruption, state capture and sabotage for Eskom’s misfortunes.
Mokonyane said, “The issue is about alleged sabotage incidents. We have to see people being arrested if there’s been… I mean, for years we’ve been told about sabotage. Let’s get people arrested if there really is sabotage.”
Eskom has been a national headache since at least 2008, with promises from the government, including the current administration and its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to resolve the electricity crisis.
South Africans have been subjected to numerous blackouts a day, with the electricity supplier recently taking an unprecedented decision to place the country in phase six of load shedding, resulting in at least three planned blackouts a day. Mokonyane says South Africa and its townships deserve more clarity on what is happening in Eskom.
Gordhan told the country there was no need to call a state of emergency, blaming a wildcat strike at Eskom for the blackouts. A wage agreement between Eskom and the unions was signed on Tuesday afternoon.
ANC VS ESKOM
“Eskom’s invisible leadership cost the ANC the last elections. In many of our townships, especially here in Mogale City, the ANC was fighting against Eskom as the main opposition,” says Mokonyane in fact. She complained about the impact of the power cuts on the electorate, citing their president, Ramaphosa, as an example, imploring voters and urging Eskom to resolve the electricity problems in Mogale town, “but nothing is happening. ‘has passed”.
“The president had to plead with voters on the eve of the elections and Eskom never responded… Someone from the highest office in the country and nothing happens? Eskom’s invisible leadership cost the ANC at the polls,” she reiterated her past views on Eskom.
The ANC, following a crisis of power outages, failed to make up for lost ground in the 2021 local elections, instead losing control of more municipalities across the country, including all Gauteng metros. Mokonyane herself lives in a town run by the Democratic Alliance.
She listed several issues as the main issues with the regulator, including skills shortage, which included base load, skills capacity, power supply distribution mechanism, alternative solutions approach and the role of the citizens, who must come to the party. on payment for services rendered by Eskom.
Sparing no one in his criticism, Mokonyane questioned the role of Ramaphosa’s “district development model”, which is supposed to see collaboration in the planning and implementation of programs across different spheres of government.
She also complained about the shelving of DA plans by three former mayors of Johannesburg; Geoff Makhubo, Jolidee Matongo and Mpho Moerane; to take the economic center of the country out of the Eskom network. The DA rules the city through a cross-party coalition as it explores its own ways to propel Joburg.
“Why isn’t he coming?” You don’t have to say it because today we have the AD, we can’t go on with this. South Africans remain South Africans, whether they are led by the DA or led by someone else, they deserve this service,” Mokonyane said.