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Workers didn’t cause Eskom crisis

Enough: Soweto residents picket outside Eskom’s offices in Megawatt Park. The power utility this week moved to stage six load-shedding. Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP

Whenever there is a crisis in South Africa, the first thing lazy members of the middle class commentariat do is to blame workers for having caused it. They also like to turn everything — the July 2021 riots, for example — into a national security issue. As Eskom’s incompetent and clueless board and executive committee — none of these 18 people have a background in power generation — plunged the country into stage six load-shedding this week, the first thing they did was to blame the workers for having caused the crisis. 

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Duma Gqubule

Duma Gqubule is a financial journalist, analyst, researcher and adviser on issues of economic development and transformation

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