Cape Town – Former CEO of Eskom Andre De Ruyter has provided an answering affidavit after he made damning accusations of corruption directed at members of Eskom and senior government officials, and Action SA believes that it “proves, without any doubt, that the decisions of the ANC-led government, as far back as 1998, are directly to blame for the state of load shedding in which South Africa currently finds itself”.
The sworn affidavit was filed in a load shedding court case between applicants: Action SA, United Democratic Movements, and 17 others and respondents: Eskom Holding SOC Limited and 7 others.
De Ruyter’s affidavit reaffirms ActionSA’s belief that the ANC is a criminal syndicate that is directly responsible for the disaster that is loadshedding. https://t.co/d78vw2AWum
— ActionSA (@Action4SA) February 26, 2023
It consists of four parts. Part one provides an overview of Eskom’s response to Part A of the application and part two deals with the question of why the currently faces load shedding.
According to de Ruyter, “it is a simple question, but it has a complex answer that dates back to at least 1998”. De Ruyter gives an account of the load shedding situation in the country in his affidavit.
Part three addresses Eskom’s plans to address load shedding and the measures it is already taking and plans to take in the immediate future. Part four addresses the interim relief.
Andre de Ruyter’s damning affidavit regarding #Eskom‘s demise sheds more light on the challenges, #corruption AND government’s direct involvement!
Pres. Ramaphosa’s statement that he hasn’t got “a legal duty to end load-shedding” is completely at odds!https://t.co/qWBo0xVODl
— CGF (@CGFResearch) February 28, 2023
According to ActionSA, the court case seeks to declare the government’s response to load shedding as “unconstitutional”.
“The court case by UDM, ActionSA and 17 others seeks to, among others, declare the ANC-led government’s response to load shedding as unconstitutional and breaching a number of fundamental human rights, and ask that certain sectors such as safety and healthcare be exempted from load-shedding,” Action SA said in a statement.
“De Ruyter’s affidavit reaffirms ActionSA’s belief that the ANC is a criminal syndicate that is directly responsible for the disaster that is loadshedding. The ANC should be held accountable for plunging the country into darkness, sacrificing our people’s safety and livelihoods as a result,” the party added.
Access De Ruyter’s full affidavit here.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin