Pretoria - The DA is pushing for the release of the terms and conditions of the loan agreement entered into between power utility Eskom and the China Development Bank.
This comes months after Eskom signed a R33 billion loan agreement as part of the funding of Eskom’s build programme and construction of the Kusile power station.
The party has been calling for the loan agreement to be made public without success since the agreement was signed.
On Sunday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane even threatened to take legal action to ensure there was transparency in the loan agreement.
“The DA will not allow China’s model of ‘debt trap diplomacy’ to take root in South Africa, and we will approach the courts if necessary to ensure that government is transparent with the public about the terms and conditions of loans received from China,” Maimane said.
He said despite submitting a PAIA request on September 10, the terms and conditions of the loan remained “suspiciously” secret.