Just days after getting into a heated exchange with Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso about the crisis at the embattled parastatal, the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) says he actually agrees with her sentiments.
Mavuso and Hlengwa clashed on Friday when Eskom management met with SCOPA to shed light on the situation at the utility. Mavuso told Hlengwa that the ANC-led government should be blamed for the failures at Eskom, which he didn’t take too kindly to.
They had a rather intense exchange, which culminated in Mavuso leaving the proceedings after being told by Hlengwa to “behave” herself or leave the sitting. There has since been much reaction to the incident, including from the DA, which has also echoed Mavuso’s sentiments.
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HLENGWA BEMOANS ESKOM BOARD MEMBER’S ‘POLITICKING’
Speaking to SAfm on Monday, 25 April 2022, Mkhuleko Hlengwa says he has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the very committee he chairs, which is also Parliament’s watchdog. Hlengwa says SCOPA needs to operate within its rules and not engage in partisan politics, which he believes it descended into when Busisiwe Mavuso mentioned the ANC.
“The ANC mess is not in dispute, but the politicking of it is not the purview of the committee. Let me also hasten to say, it could have been very easy for me as an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP to jump on to the anti-ANC outlook which was clearly loud. Because whilst I agree with it, but I must also maintain the fact that the committee as a multi-party committee must not engage in the partisan politics in the manner that it did,”
But Mavuso has defended her decision to walk out and has no regrets, saying to another radio station: “Because the reality of the matter is that this is not our mess. We have been brought in to clean it up. But we are not going to be the fall guy for the R300-and-whatever billion of Medupi and Kusile, that have still not being completed.”
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