You thought you were angry? Well, some of the top politicians in the country can match us all toe-for-toe. The unprecedented Stage 6 power cuts have sparked a national crisis, as Eskom limps through another devastating disaster. The criticism of the ANC goverment and their handling of the situation has been vitriolic.

Eskom load shedding hits Stage 6: John Steenhuisen batters ‘jet-setting’ Ramaphosa

Where else could we start? The leader of the opposition had a touch of the Raging Bulls about him on Monday evening. He demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa cancels his upcoming international trip to Egypt, recalls Parliament for an “extraordinary” session, and asks him to explain fully why Eskom is so utterly broken:

“In these extraordinary circumstances, we call for Parliament to urgently be reconvened in order for President Ramaphosa to address Parliament and the nation on this escalating crisis. The President must come clean on exactly what the structural problems at Eskom are and how his government plans to address them within the coming days.”

“In this light, the President should swiftly postpone his upcoming international trip to Egypt, scheduled for tomorrow, 10 December. There is severe trouble at home, and Ramaphosa must attend to that ahead of all other engagements. The dire situation escalates by the day – citizens and businesses are caught unaware and we have no sight of any viable solution.” 

John Steenhuisen

EFF: Floyd Shivambu targets Pravin Gordhan

Never one to mince his words, EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu kept it short and sweet. Over two Tweets, Floyd slammed the management of Eskom, and took the opportunity to fire a pot-shot at Pravin “Jamnandas” Gordhan:

“What have we done to deserve this? The last Chairperson of Eskom Jabu Mabuza is a friend of Jamnandas: They both know nothing about electricity! Our country is in true crisis of lack of leadership!”

Floyd Shivambu

Eskom night-mayor: City leaders, past and present, slam Stage 6

Herman Mashaba may have stepped away from his mayoral duties, but that hasn’t stopped him from chiming in here. He was keen to try and laugh at the situation, even though he acknowledged its severity:

And finally, the Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni also took to his Twitter account to express utter frustration at the chaos. He frankly admitted that he doesn’t know “what Stage 6 means”. Hey, we all have to learn on the job:


Presh JM Reporter

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