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EFF Calls For The Immediate Firing Of ESKOM Board, CEO And COO

EFF Calls For The Immediate Firing Of ESKOM Board, CEO And COO

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) an opposition party in South Africa, has called for the firing of the entire board of ESCOM, that country’s power utility, its CEO and COO. In a statement seen by Pindula News, the party led by Julius Malema, a former ANC Youth League leader, said ESKOM leadership’s incompetency had plunged South Africa, formerly Azania, into a continuous power crisis. Reads the statement:


Monday, 19 September 2022

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calls for the immediate firing of Eskom’s entire board, including the incompetent and useless Chief Executive Officer Andre de Ruyter and Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer. The incompetence and arrogance of Eskom executives has plunged South Africa into a perpetual and unwarranted darkness that is killing businesses and livelihoods. The collapse of Eskom and the failure to prove dependable and consistent energy supply are meant to render the country’s electricity utility redundant and useless.

We have consistently warned against the immoral and dishonest intention of handing over South Africa’s energy generation sovereignty to the greedy establishment that will influence all spheres of life, including the future of the country’s political future. The lie perpetuated by Eskom’s incompetent executives and so-called energy analysts is that the country does not have enough renewable energy to provide electricity when there is mechanical breakdown and maintenance, and that Eskom is cash-strapped. The reality is that the crisis facing Eskom is man-made.

The EFF, in February 2020, led a march to Eskom against blackouts and privatization and handed over a memorandum of clear, practical, and implementable demands. Some of the demands we made were:

1. Emphatic call for an end to blackouts

2. Suspension of all processes to retrench workers

3. Review of all power purchasing agreements with independent power producers designed to benefit the racist financial sector.

4. Standardization of all coal prices and only paying the prices determined by the National Energy Regulatory Authority of South Africa.

5. Finish building Kusile and Medupi and set up a coal mine so that coal can be sent directly to the Kusile power station instead of by truck.

These key demands, amongst many others, were made to Eskom and the executive was given 30 days to respond in detail to each demand. We made it clear that the inability of Eskom to supply dependable and consistent electricity to households and businesses is a threat to South Africa’s security and social stability and is killing the economy. However, because there is no sense of urgency and honesty, the Eskom board and executive management have failed to respond to our demands. Also, Eskom has also failed to put in place practical steps to resolve the energy crisis.

The EFF warned about the appointment of de Ruyter and Oberholzer, whose appointment was purely based on the color of their skin because there was enough undisputable evidence that they did not have either the technical or executive experience to manage complex systems. If anything, the evidence showed clearly that du Ruyter failed to manage a food packaging company and that giving him the responsibility to manage the country’s energy generation was reckless. Since his appointment, de Ruyter has shed more than 4,366 GWh in 2 years, more than the past 13 CEOs appointed in the last 15 years.

The government must immediately fire de Ruyter, together with Oberholzer and the Board, before the end of the day. We call for the firing of the board, CEO, and COO, knowing very well that Cyril Ramaphosa’s cowardice will not allow him to take decisive steps. The EFF warns that failure to fire Eskom’s board, CEO, and COO will require us to take more radical steps to ensure that competent, dependable, and fit people are in charge of Eskom to resolve the energy crisis and bring an end to blackouts that have become a permanent feature of our lives.

Sustainable and practical long-term solution to South Africa is balanced energy mix that includes state-owned and control generation through nuclear, renewable, coal and other sources.

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charlie charlie 4 months ago

Bravery!...calling a spade a spade.....true democracy. In Zim you get arrested for calling Munangwagwa a coward . while in South Africa it is a right and freedom of opinion..

mubhabhatidzi 4 months ago

kungohukurawo kweMarema uku


I am a Zimbabwean father with children working in South Africa who are also affected by the load shedding which is happening in South Africa. It really affects production.

What has really happened with ESCOM to drastically change for the worst ? I have not witnessed such load shedding schedules which are as compact as these in South Africa under the rulership of Cyril Ramaphosa.

EFF could be justified in its calling for the disbanding of ESCOM Board, CEO and COO. These people have made bad history.


Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI

Mafirakureva 4 months ago

You are daydreaming if you still think load shedding in Zimbabwe is better than that in South Africa. Zimbabwe only gets power when South African needs are met my dear Sir

Machiavelli 4 months ago

Juju as usual is playing to the gallery.

Those following the ESCOM saga closely ate aware that as early 1997/8, Escom reported to The President and Parliament that unless something was drastic was done in terms of planning, South Africa would run short of ge.erating capacity within the next 10 years (2008/9). Studies an options were tabled and recommendations made, including Nuclear power, gas stations additional coal fired stations etc. Durin Zuma's days corrupt nuclear deals were made and delivery schedules missed ( payments to the tune of billions of Rands made). Reminiscent of ZESA deals, things went haywire and generating capacity wasn't improved.

The long and the short of it wasn't Escom, but cabinet and government. Records are there for all to see

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