Watch: Busisiwe Mavuso walks out of scopa meeting - 'We cannot be held liable for ANC mess.'
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Eskom Board member Busisiwe Mavuso has walked out of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) meeting.
An argument broke out when she told the committee that they're doing everything they can to resolve the challenges facing Eskom however she insisted that the current board including Eskom management should not be not be held accountable for the mess created by the ANC led government.
Scopa chair Nkululeko Hlengwa was not happy with her response calling it theatrics and reminded Mavuso that this is a parliamentary sitting. He then ordered her to leave or change her behaviour.
In response, Mavuso said it wasn't theatrics but facts.
As a result, Mavuso opted to leave and Hlengwa made a commitment to address her conduct, which he said it is unprofessional and worrying.
JUST IN: #Eskom Board member Busisiwe Mavuso has walked out of the Scopa meeting. An argument broke out when she spoke about the issues Eskom faces today is due to the failure of the ANC & chair of Scopa Mr Hlengwa not happy with the response calling it theatrics. #eNCA pic.twitter.com/1fR3s1iNuG— Heidi Giokos (@HeidiGiokos) April 22, 2022
Members of Scopa had on Wednesday and Thursday visited Medupi and Kusile power station in Emalahleni.
The two coal-fired power stations have been under construction over the last few years and there have been delays in completing their construction.
They were supposed to come on stream a few years ago but this has not happened due to delays.
Scopa wanted to understand the problems behind the two power stations and there were number of issues that Eskom had not addressed since the committee's last visit in 2019.
Mavuso made an undertaking before she walked out that the Medupi power station will completed in 2023.
Meanwhile in a statement, the ministry of public enterprises called her comments "regrettable" and her conduct "unbecoming" as a board member of Eskom.
"It is unfortunate that Ms Mavuso brought party political issues in a process where SCOPA, as a Committee of Parliament, was exercising its oversight responsibilities."
The ministry said it is giving her actions "serious consideration".
The country has experienced Stage 4 load shedding this week following unplanned breakdowns at various power plants.