Truth is, SA Has No President – Zwelinzima Vavi


Former Secretary-general of the Congress of South African Trade Union, Zwelinzima Vavi, has lashed heavily on President Jacob Zuma and his administration for his role in the current saga between the treasury and the electricity supply industry in South Africa – Eskom.

Zwelinzima Vavi said president Zuma, his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, alongside other ANC big wigs, are behind the ordeal between the two important departments in the country, leading to millions of rand lost in the process.

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Vavi took to his Twitter page to blame the ruling party for Eskom’s defiance of the National Treasury, adding that the parastatal has lost R100 billion under the watch of former finance ministers Trevor Manuel, Nhlanhla Nene and current Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

He wrote:

“The truth is that we have no president, deputy president, Cabinet, Parliament. It wouldn’t be possible for Eskom to defy Treasury if we had one. Treasury must tell this nation what is in that Tegeta box.”

The truth is that we have no President, Deputy President, Cabinet, Parly. It wouldn’t be possible for ESKOM to defy Treasury if we had one

— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) August 30, 2016

Zwelinzima Vavi, who has, among several others, been a strong critic of the Zuma administration, once noted that South Africa was going through its “darkest hour” and was in the middle of a serious political and socio-economic crisis.

“The country is like a ship in the deepest ocean, at the darkest hour. Unfortunately the captains of the ship have lost their compass and they all blindfolded,” Vavi said, adding that Zuma was trampling on the Constitution, which went against everything former president Nelson Mandela had fought for and stood for.

“That is what Jacob Zuma is doing by trampling on the constitution of this land.”

South Africa’s National Treasury stated this week, that the state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is resisting its efforts to review coal-supply contracts with Tegeta Exploration & Resources Ltd. and ignores the department.

The treasury said it was reviewing the coal contracts of Eskom with Tegeta – a company partly owned by the Gupta family – but that resistance it receives from the Eskom board was a clear indication that the utility has links with the Guptas and that was why Gordhan’s position is so precarious and why the knives are out for him.

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Eskom however denied this allegation by the Treasury, saying it had no link with the influential family and that it had received a report from the Treasury in April which it planned to reply to by the end of September after a board meeting. The report had found no wrongdoing on the state-run power utility’s part.

The Gupta family announced on Aug. 27 that they plan to sell all shareholdings in South Africa by the end of the year and concerned citizens are of the view that the Treasury investigates all the family’s business with the government as soon as possible.