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Parliament must urgently reconvene to prevent national grid collapse - DA

Eskom has been grappling to keep the lights on with rotational power cuts being implemented in recent weeks.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane in Parliament. Picture: @Our_DA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Parliament to urgently reconvene and come up with measures to address the current electricity crisis.

Eskom has been grappling to keep the lights on with rotational power cuts being implemented in recent weeks.

Load shedding was stopped on Sunday but remains a high risk depending on capacity.

The DA has announced a national day of action for Friday, as the price of electricity increases by just over 9.4%.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Parliament needs to come up with a national plan to avert a national blackout.

“We must deliberate and resolve to implement solutions to prevent the potentially imminent threat of our national grid collapse.”

Maimane said officials and ministers must also be held to account before a parliamentary committee.

“They must summon all the officials and ministers to account for the current crisis and provide evidence for actions previously taken to prevent this particular situation.”

The DA said it will take to the streets on Friday against the crisis and also the 9% increase tariff that will be coming to effect on 1 April.

'TAKE A STAND'

The DA has called on South Africans to take a stand and demand transparency from government about the country's uncertain energy supply.

Maimane called on the ANC to tell the truth about the country's state of affairs when it comes to energy supply. With the price of electricity going up by about 9.4% next week, he said South Africans can’t be forced to pay higher tariffs and still be left without power.

The DA leader said he would to write to Deputy President David Mabuza to request an urgent meeting to find out what plans the Presidency and the special cabinet committee had in place to deal with the crisis at Eskom.

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