NUM against pri­vati­sa­tion of Eskom

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - POLITICS - HLONI MASHIGO

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

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