Energy crisis: Ramaphosa to face questions in Parly

The power crisis will take centre stage when the deputy president takes the podium today.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the National Assembly. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The electricity crisis will be firmly in the spotlight when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly this afternoon.

The first question Ramaphosa will have to answer today deals with the steps government is taking to ease the energy crunch.

The deputy president heads up the so called 'war room', established by Cabinet, to deal with the crisis.

Cabinet last year approved a five-point plan of action but MPs on Parliament's energy portfolio committee have yet to be fully briefed.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has reportedly told the African National Congress (ANC) the electricity shortage overshadows all other structural flaws in the economy, limiting the impact of many positive reforms since 1994.

Ministers in the social security cluster, dealing with heath, education, housing and water, will also answer questions this afternoon.