The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Parliament has called on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to resign over the latest round of power cuts.
Gordhan was briefing an urgent meeting of the Parliament’s public enterprises committee to clarify the issues facing the cash-strapped power utility.
While most opposition members of Parliament were cordial towards Gordhan, who not too long ago was an ANC back bencher and fellow portfolio committee member, the EFF said he was part of the governmental team that brought about the latest round of load-shedding.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, the EFF’s national spokesperson, told the committee Gordhan was a member of the Cabinet that led to the failure of Eskom over the last decade.
“This current crop of government has dismally failed, that includes you, the rest of the cabinet, with or without [former president Jacob] Zuma… And I think you should step aside,” he said.
Gordhan dismissed Ndlozi’s suggestion that he resign as an attempt at delivering an election speech.
“As he knows that there are people who caused the problems, I’m sure he’s aware there are people who are trying to solve the problem, (and are those) who also resisted the cause of the problem as well.”