NUM against privatisation of Eskom
THE National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said they will not allow Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe to perpetuate the stealing of money from state-owned enterprises.
“NUM condemns in the strongest terms the use of political office for personal wealth accumulation directly or indirectly,” the union said. They welcomed and appreciated the Pretoria High Court stopping the signing of 27 IPPs power purchase agreements.
The union said when the minister sent a tweet that he would be signing the agreements, he had indicated that he had lost his class consciousness and that he was captured by a capitalist forces.
“We view this capitalist IPPs deal as a backdoor privatisation of Eskom. The plan is to privatise 42% of Eskom by 2030 masquerading as the implementation of clean energy. NUM and Cosatu successfully fought against the privatisation of Eskom before. We are ready to fight it even now,” the union said.
They said the Power Purchase Agreements, if it is to be implemented, will compel Eskom to buy electricity at a higher price while the enterprise can