Maimane: Eskom can no longer deliver

The DA Parliamentary leader led a demonstration outside Eskom's HQ in Johannesburg.

The DA Parliamentary leader leading a demonstration outside Eskom's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As load shedding continues today, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane led a demonstration outside Eskom's headquarters in Johannesburg, calling for an end to the utility's monopoly over the country's power supply.

Maimane said Eskom supplies 95 percent of South Africa's electricity, but it's clear it can no longer deliver.

He addressed a small crowd outside Eskom's Megawatt Park, saying the utility could not cope with supplying power.

"This white elephant that Eskom is must be broken down. The people of this country need competition so that we can secure electricity."

Maimane said due to Eskom's mismanagement, load shedding had cost the economy an estimated R300 billion and about a million jobs.

He said the only way South Africa could have sustainable electricity was if independent power producers came on board.