Eskom workers protest at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, following the company’s decision not to increase wages. File picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)
Eskom has once again thrown us in the dark with the abrupt re-introduction of load shedding. What is even more disappointing is the lack of communication and sufficient warning.

While the rest of the world has been enjoying the FIFA World Cup, we have been in constant frustration of hoping that electricity comes back before our favorite game comes on.

We have to therefore look internally at what has brought us back to this point again? Is it a matter of failed leadership? Or a matter of failing infrastructure?

I say it is a failure of leadership that has resulted in infrastructural failings.

The corruption and maladministration rot that has taken hold within the leadership of Eskom, has unfortunately spilt over to affect the workers, and ultimately the public.

Eskom workers have declared a strike, or a picket, as that is what they call it sometimes. We support fair labor negations, especially since Eskom workers have suffered an extended salary freeze which is the direct result of the corrupt leadership of Eskom.

What the DA does not support is the damage to property, intimidation of workers and the deliberate sabotage of Eskom stations.

As painful and inconvenient these power cuts are, there’s only one organization that should take responsibility; and that is the ANC government. They have allowed this to happen without taking real meaningful preventative measures, instead they protected their cronies in the name of comradery.

Come 2019 the DA will ensure that corruption is not given any space to manifest itself. Also commit to introducing better, sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to generate power that will ensure we do not experience blackouts again.

* Fuchs is the  DA Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development in the Gauteng Legislature.

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media.