Parliament, Thursday, 17 November 2022 – The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Sahlulele Luzipo, has welcomed the arrest of Eskom’s maintenance worker.

Mr Luzipo has learnt from media reports that the arrested worker belonged to a company that is contracted for Eskom’s maintenance, and that the worker allegedly confirmed the act of sabotage and attributed it to his own personal desire to have his company’s contract with Eskom extended.

According to Mr Luzipo, the arrest and the alleged confession of sabotage has vindicated the committee’s long held view that the country’s energy crisis has nothing to do with policy failures, but more on maintenance and management shortcomings.

He said that although the committee supports a just transition for South Africa, the focus should be more on job security and job creation, instead of the obsession with replacement of coal with renewable energy.

Mr Luzipo further said that acts of sabotage create a problem on policy formulation, because in his view, instead of focusing on the developmental agenda of the country, the policy would have to be redirected to address man-made challenges.

He said that although regarding the legislative mandate of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, Eskom does not account to committee, the power utility needs to do more in dealing with the instances of sabotage in order to alleviate pressure on energy policy formulation.

In conclusion, Mr Luzipo said that acts of sabotage such as this one to Eskom should be regarded as economic sabotage which is treasonous.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, MR SAHLULELE LUZIPO. 


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