‘It is unfortunate’: Government SLAMS Eskom board member over comments

‘It is unfortunate’: Government SLAMS Eskom board member over comments

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is unhappy with Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso after she had a heated exchange with the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) Mkhuleko Hlengwa on Friday, 22 April 2022.

Energy experts have said that Eskom is in a state of crisis, as evidenced by the fact that the parastatal can’t even keep the lights on, having implemented load shedding for close to two weeks now. SCOPA has conducted oversight visits at Eskom facilities, accompanied by CEO Andre de Ruyter.

It all started when Mavuso told Hlengwa that the ANC-led government was to blame for the fiasco at the embattled power utility, which he didn’t take too kindly to. The two exchanged words, but Hlengwa had the last word, telling Mavuso to “behave” herself or leave the sitting. Mavuso then took her belongings and left.

“Because the reality of the matter is that this is not our mess. We have been brought in to clean it up. But we are not going to be the fall guy for the R300-and-whatever billion of Medupi and Kusile, that have still not being completed.”

Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso

PUBLIC ENTERPRISES: MAVUSO’S ACTIONS ‘REGRETTABLE’

While there has been mixed reaction on social media, the Department of Public Enterprises has described Busisiwe Mavuso’s comments as “regrettable” and is seemingly weighing its options.

“The Department finds the conduct to be unbecoming of a member of a Board which is the accounting authority in terms of the PFMA. It is unfortunate that Ms Mavuso brought party political issues in a process where SCOPA, as a Committee of Parliament, was exercising its oversight responsibilities. The Department is giving this matter serious consideration”

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE)

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