“Chairperson of the NCOP, honourable President, Deputy President.
The ACDP is very concerned about the disruptive effect that load shedding has on the lives of ordinary South Africans, its chaotic impact on our public transport system, and the economic burden it places on our business sector.
Load shedding sends a negative message to potential investors who will be concerned about the loss of production time and revenue.
Chairperson, the crisis at Eskom, which resulted in unprecedented stage four load shedding, has caused public outrage across the country. The ACDP is surprised that President Ramaphosa is “shocked and angry” at the crisis. He has been involved with Eskom since 2014 – and chaired the Eskom war-room at the height of state capture.
In our view, President Ramaphosa is not accepting political responsibility for the crisis, and this is unacceptable. If the President was indeed “shocked and angry” it shows an astonishing lack of information on his part as the head of state. This lack of knowledge, if true, is possibly more dangerous than the blackouts themselves.
The ANC blames sabotage for the unprecedented stage four load shedding but, in our view, it is the ANC government that has sabotaged this once proud global power utility over the years, and must be held accountable.
It is shocking that the grossly overpriced and delayed Medupi and Kusile power stations, are now said to have been “badly designed and badly constructed – and not performing optimally.”
This is nothing new. The World Bank warned us about this a long time ago. But let us not forget that Hitachi that won lucrative contracts had a very cosy relationship with the ANC’s investment company, Chancellor House. This cosy relationship resulted in Hitachi being fined by the US Securities Exchange Commission in 2015 for allegedly paying $1million “success fee” and $5million in “dividends” in connection with these contracts. Hitachi’s work was so defective that in 2013, 10 000 welding faults were found and in 2015 a crucial steam test failed.
The ANC government further sabotaged Eskom by enabling industrial scale looting and plundering by the Guptas and friends as highlighted in various state capture inquiries. The ANC government must be held accountable for aiding and abetting the Eskom meltdown!
Honourable President, you have said you are “shocked and angry” about this. Please accept responsibility, apologise to the nation and do more to keep our lights on. Government is the shareholder at Eskom. Surely legal action can and should have been instituted against Hitachi for the shoddy workmanship in terms of the contacts. Has this been done and if not, why not?
Voters are tired of excuses and will hold the ANC government accountable on 8 May for sabotaging Eskom over the years.
South African voters, if we do not vote the ANC out of government, load shedding will remain with us for many years to come. Remember what Proverbs 29:2 says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Are our people rejoicing or groaning is our question? We submit they ARE groaning under the ANC government – that’s why change must come.
South Africans, vote right this time and vote for the ACDP – your hope for a great future!”
SPEECH BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
Response to 2019 State of the Nation Address
13 February 2019