Energy minister snubs energy crisis briefing in Parly

Tina Joemat-Pettersson has come under fire for not attending a briefing over SA’s energy disaster.

FILE: Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson came under fire on Tuesday for failing to attend a briefing in Parliament on the current energy crunch the country is battling with.

Officials from her department were briefing Parliament's energy oversight committee on plans to address the crisis.

But the presentation nearly didn't take place, with Members of Parliament (MPs) arguing that it should have been postponed until the minister was available.

Opposition MPs said the energy minister should have been present to brief them on the electricity crisis.

They've complained that Joemat-Pettersson last met with the energy committee about six months ago.

Cabinet approved a five-point plan to address the energy crunch last December.

This is the first time MPs are being briefed about what's being done.

Department officials said the minister is in the Democratic Republic of Congo on official business.