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Outa: There's evidence 2008 & 2014 load shedding self-inflicted

Outa has been briefing Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee along with the SACC and a group of academics, all of whom have compiled reports on state capture.

Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has told Parliament that it has evidence that the load-shedding of 2008 and 2014 was “self-inflicted" by Eskom.

The lobby group has also appealed to whistleblowers working at state-owned companies to be brave and to continue coming forward with evidence of corruption and state capture.

Outa has been briefing Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee along with the South African Council Of Churches and a group of academics, all of whom have compiled reports on state capture.

The committee is preparing for its inquiry into Eskom, which is expected to get underway next week.

Members of Parliament (MPs) have heard about the creation of a mafia-like system allowing for the seizure and control of state-owned companies to syphon off billions into a few influential pockets, with the SA Council Of Churches alleging that President Jacob Zuma is the pivot for this.

Outa’s Ted Blom, a former Eskom employee, has told the committee he has evidence Eskom may have engineered the two bouts of load shedding that hit the economy hard.

“I have evidence, and I say so very candidly, that the load shedding of 2008 and the load shedding around 2014 was self-inflicted by Eskom and it is also part of the corrupt practices.”

Blom is claiming that key producers “held Eskom hostage” triggering the 2008 crisis while maintenance was not performed between 2010 and 2014, which caused another round of load shedding.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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