NATIONAL NEWS - The failure of eight power generation units, which plunged the country into stage four load shedding on Monday, has led some to advance the theory that there may be sabotage plot in motion at South Africa’s struggling energy utility, Eskom.
Some believe that Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement, during his second state of the nation address (Sona) last Thursday, that he will be splitting Eskom into three, is causing those who are benefiting from the energy provider’s monopoly, and wish to avoid the split, to fight back.
Others agree there is sabotage taking place, but believe it is not those trying to avoid the splitting of Eskom, but those behind the proposed split who are carrying it out.
According to this version – one which is in line with what union leaders such as Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim have been saying – Ramaphosa’s plans to split the embattled utility are meant to pave the way towards privatisation.
So in this version, those pushing for the Eskom split, rather than those fighting to prevent it, are the saboteurs.