President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that one of the factors that led to the recent rolling power cuts was sabotage.
“Decisive action, in the end, will mean that people have to be charged, go to court, and that has to be dealt with by the criminal justice system,” Ramaphosa said.
The president addressed reporters at Eskom’s headquarters at Megawatt Park following an emergency meeting with ministers and the Eskom board and management.
He explained that an act of sabotage led to the loss of 2,000 megawatts from the grid, while adding that these acts should be investigated.
Ramaphosa called on the intelligence services to investigate the claims of sabotage at Eskom.
“Investigations are under way and I’ve urged management to speed up those investigations so that those who are found to have been participated in this act of sabotage are held to account,” he said.
The president added that incorrect design plans at the Medupi and Kusile power stations were also just some of the reasons for the poor power supply from Eskom.