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Eskom's load shedding a diversion, claims former exec Matshela Koko

He's tweeted that load shedding is a diversion, saying there's no need for it and something is horribly wrong to justify intentional outages when there is adequate generating capacity.

FILE: Former Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko testifying before the Eskom parliamentary inquiry into state capture on 24 January 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Former Eskom executive Matshela Koko has been vocal about the ongoing issues at the power utility for several months and now says load shedding is simply a diversion.

South Africans have been plunged into darkness for several hours at a time since the beginning of the month due to issues including coal and breakdowns at power stations.

Koko resigned in February after being accused of misleading the state capture inquiry in Parliament and leaking information to people associated with the Guptas.

Koko doesn't work at Eskom anymore.

He left under a cloud of suspicion as he was accused of lying and being part of corrupt dealings.

However, he still has a lot to say when it comes to how the utility is operating.

Now he's tweeted that load shedding is a diversion, saying there's no need for it and something is horribly wrong to justify intentional outages when there is adequate generating capacity.

In other tweets, he goes on to say that back in 2014, when the country also experienced load shedding Eskom didn't have power from the Ingula, Medupi or Kusile power stations, yet today, with an additional 600 megawatts from these stations and demand down by 2%, South Africans have been hit by stage 2 load shedding in summer, on a Sunday.

Meanwhile, there's been no load shedding for the past two days but there's a high risk of stage 1 load shedding for today.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)