Congress of the People urges President Zuma to explain to the nation why he gave his backing to Eskom chairperson, Zola Tsotsi, to set up an inquiry to investigate the “rot” at the power utility as the Mail and Guardian reports. President Zuma’s support for the suspension and inquiry is clear from the interview President Zuma gave on SABC on Wednesday night.
COPE believes that if he felt so strongly about the “rot”, why did he n…ot involve the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, or the cabinet as a whole. The enquiry would then have enjoyed the stamp of official approval and could have run its course without controversy or impediment. The President’s direct involvement has created accusations and counter accusations.
Tsotsi, on the one side, is asserting that some Eskom executives were trying to stop the inquiry in order to cover up some of the problems causing the rot. Certainly, there is something very rotten in the sphere of Eskom and any cover up will only exacerbate the problem and add to our countries energy and economic woes.
Whatever happens, the inquiry must diagnose the problems with the management and administration of the parastatal. COPE knows that for many years Eskom has had problems with sourcing the fuel needed to generate electricity. It has also had serial problems with its maintenance programme. Eskom is indeed very sick. All of us can see that.
On the other hand, there are others at Eskom who are implicating Tsotsi for its failures. His involvement in Eskom’s contract with Japanese firm Sumitomo concerns us greatly. How could this have happened?
President Zuma himself is nearly always at the centre of big controversies because those who are close to him influence major decisions in the country. Once again, allegation is surfacing that SAA board chair Dudu Myeni, who is very close to the President, had a role to play in Tsotsi appointing someone called Linnell, without any tender process, to draw up the terms of reference for the inquiry.
COPE believes that South Africa needs to know of the president’s full involvement in the enquiry and the short circuiting of due processes and legal requirements.
Issued by Cope