May 28, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Mzwanele Manyi catches smoke for blaming load-shedding on Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Mzwanele Manyi, leader of the African transformation movement, has sparked debate – and criticism from some – online after blaming Eskom CEO André de Ruyter for the ongoing power outages.

Manyi scolded took the feathers on Wednesday after claiming De Ruyter was to blame for the embattled utility’s blackouts and that if he had been black he would have been fired.

He said De Ruyter failed, four years in a row.

De Ruyter was appointed CEO in January 2020 after former Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe resigned in 2019.

“His job was just one Thing… keeping the lights on. He failed four years in a row. If he were black, the ‘SaveSA’ NGOs and [Public Enterprises Minister Pravin] Gordhan would have long worked together to fan the heat for his expulsion,” Manyi said.

During a tense parliamentary briefing Last month, Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso dismissed criticism that De Ruyter’s performance was the reason for the energy company’s failure.

She said it was the failure of the ANC-led government to that has harmed Eskom over the years.

During the meeting, Mavuso said that the board should be held accountable for the decisions made during his tenure, but could not be responsible for matters that lie before the board.

She said that De Ruyter and the board would not be the “case type” for the chaos the utility finds itself in.

In social media have many Manyi criticized for his miscount and use of the race card.

Here is a snapshot of some of the reactions.

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