The Eskom board has come under fire in Parliament after failing to attend a crucial meeting with Scopa. File picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
The Eskom board has come under fire in Parliament after failing to attend a crucial meeting with Scopa. File picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Eskom board under fire over no-show at Scopa meeting

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published Feb 18, 2020

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Cape Town - The Eskom board has come under fire in Parliament after failing to attend a crucial meeting with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Phumulo Masualle said he was not aware the board would not come, but they will investigate the matter.

However, Scopa members had none of it and demanded action against the board.

They said the country was in the midst of load shedding and Eskom’s finances were deteriorating, but the board chose to skip the meeting.

Scopa chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said the Eskom board was undermining Parliament despite getting billions of Rands in bailouts.

“Ordinarily we should have sent you packing. We are picking up this tendency of undermining us” said Hlengwa. 

Hlengwa said given the fact that this was a crucial meeting on Eskom’s serious financial issues they would allow the executives of the power utility to brief them.

However, Scopa members warned that they would not tolerate the conduct of the board. 

Political Bureau

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