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Government's energy plan faces further scrutiny

The five-point plan to tackle the electricity crisis is set to face further scrutiny in Parliament.

FILE: Government's five-point plan to tackle the country's electricity crisis is set to come under further scrutiny in Parliament. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Government's five-point plan to tackle the country's electricity crisis is set to come under further scrutiny in Parliament.

The chairperson of Parliament's Energy Oversight Committee, Fikile Majola, wants a return bout with Energy Department officials.

Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday slammed the absence of Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson from a briefing on the plan.

Officials explained Joemat-Pettersson was in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

MPs also complained they weren't provided with documents in time to properly interrogate the plan.

The Democratic Alliance (DA's) Gordon Mackay criticised the lack of detail or timelines in the plan, saying it offers little to allay South African's fears.

"We want to see the economic data that points to proof of what he is saying. There is no data. The department makes these broad statements based on what? There is no data."

Majola says another meeting will be arranged for Friday or Tuesday next week.

"We should not play political football, honourable members, this is a very serious issues that impacts on growth, it impacts on employment so we going to have to play our roles seriously."