Against the backdrop that the ESKOM is very notorious for shocking electricity consumers with their short notice of light shedding, the ESKOM board has also repeated its usual unpredictable behavior by informing the parliament at the wee hour that it would not be able to attend today's meeting. As a matter of fact, the Scopa has had to postpone a meeting with Eskom following the notice that was dispelled by the ESKOM board.
There is no gainsaying that this is not the first time that ESKOM will commit outright disappointment. The wee hour notice to the Parliament’s public finance watchdog, Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is not a welcome development. This is a very caustic action that needs to be curbed outright. It should be noted that many electricity consumers have also complained over incessant load shedding accompanied by the late notice. This is bad.
It is important to note that the committee was to have been briefed on outstanding matters related to the investigation into the chief operating officer, Jan Oberholzer, among other things. Knowing fully well that the Eskom group chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter and a large management delegation, including Oberholzer, were present in the virtual meeting, it is very shocking that they could not present themselves physically at the parliament. This should not be treated trivially at all.
However, the Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa has informed De Ruyter to suspend the meeting until next Wednesday knowing fully well that nothing could be done without the presence of the board because they are the accounting authority.
Reacting to the development, one of the members of the African National Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Bheki Hadebe condemned the action, stressing that the action taken by the government is totally unacceptable and untenable. There is a compelling need for lawmakers to be more stern and rigorous in order to get to the root of the matter. As a matter of fact that, lawmakers should ensure that the objective of the board is achieved within the intended purpose and time. This is the time for this to be actualized and realized. Issues of governance should be taken very seriously and this must serve as a litmus test.
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