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Unmasking Eskom Corruption: Union Seeks Urgent Meeting with Electricity Minister

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WIlliam Dube
  1. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) seeks a meeting with South Africa’s new Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, to disclose information about alleged corruption within Eskom, the state-owned power company.
  2. NUM members have identified corrupt officials and managers within Eskom and attribute the company’s poor performance and load-shedding crisis to these corrupt activities.
  3. Despite claims from former Eskom executives, Minister Ramokgopa downplays the role of corruption in Eskom’s difficulties, citing operational challenges at power stations as the primary cause of load-shedding.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is seeking a meeting with Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, South Africa’s new Electricity Minister, to discuss and disclose information about alleged corruption within the state-owned power company, Eskom. Malekutu Motubatse, the union’s Highveld regional chairperson, has recently stated in an interview with eNCA that NUM members have approached the union’s leadership with detailed accounts of corruption involving certain individuals and managers within Eskom power stations.

According to Motubatse, NUM members have identified corrupt officials and managers with private business interests within the organization. The union has collected names and surnames of the alleged individuals and previously shared this information with former minister Pravin Gordhan earlier this year. However, the NUM has not been provided with any updates regarding action taken based on the information they have supplied.

Motubatse emphasized that the NUM is eager to meet with Ramokgopa in the coming weeks to further discuss their findings on corruption within Eskom. When asked if NUM members themselves could be implicated in these corrupt activities, Motubatse replied, “We don’t want to be specific. It is Eskom employees who have their hands in the cookie jar.”

The Highveld regional chairperson went on to claim that corruption is the primary cause of Eskom’s poor performance, resulting in the nation’s ongoing load-shedding crisis. Motubatse argued that if a minister would simply listen and take appropriate action, load-shedding could be resolved swiftly.

André de Ruyter, former Eskom CEO, has also attributed the company’s struggles to corruption. In a recent interview with Annika Larson on “My Guest Tonight,” de Ruyter discussed numerous allegations of corruption he had witnessed during his time at Eskom. Rhulani Mathebula, former Eskom generation executive, similarly identified fraud and corruption as the primary challenges faced by the utility, which negatively impact the hard work of the company’s engineers and other staff.

Various issues stemming from corruption and fraud include theft of coal and diesel, intentional damage to plants for securing maintenance contracts, and delivery of incorrect spares and equipment. These issues lead to delays in awarding contracts and employment of “shady service providers” who deliver subpar work. According to Mathebula, addressing fraud and corruption is critical for getting Eskom’s maintenance program back on track.

However, Minister Ramokgopa has downplayed the role of corruption in Eskom’s ongoing difficulties, attributing load-shedding primarily to operational challenges at power stations. He dismissed de Ruyter and Mathebula’s claims that corruption lies at the heart of the company’s operational problems, citing technical issues at the Kusile power station and emission limit constraints at the Kendal power station as examples. During his tour of the country’s power stations, Ramokgopa emphasized that, as an engineer, he is meeting with fellow engineers to devise solutions for Eskom’s problems.

WIlliam Dube

William Dube is a finance and economic news expert with over 10 years of experience in economic anaylsis, financial product assessment and market analysis. With a numerous certificates from prestigious universities including but not limited to Yale University and the University of Pennyslivenia. William specializes in providing insightful news developments in South Africa and commentary on investment strategies, risk management, and global economic trends. You can contact him on william@rateweb.co.za

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