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Lindiwe Sisulu: Zuma kept the lights on and carefree Ramaphosa turned them off

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Lindiwe Sisulu has suggested that Cyril Ramaphosa (the current president) is squarely responsible for the current electricity crisis in South Africa and was purposefully trying to pit the African National Congress (ANC) against society.

Lindiwe Sisulu, a former cabinet minister, has expressed her dismay over the current power outage by stating that during the administration of President Jacob Zuma, “the lights were on,” whereas during the administration of Cyril Ramaphosa, “they are off.”

During the administration of President Jacob Zuma, “the lights were on,” whereas during the administration of Cyril Ramaphosa, “they are off.”

The comments made by Sisulu come after Eskom painted a bleak winter outlook for South Africa, predicting that the country may experience stage 8 load shedding during the colder months. Sisulu’s comments come after Eskom’s prediction.

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Wintertime power reductions: Ramaphosa’s electricity crisis

Thursday, during a media briefing on the state of the system and its operational performance, the acting CEO of Eskom, Calib Cassim, issued a warning that the utility only has 3,000 MW less power available than it did during the previous winter.

READ MORE: Stage 6 load-shedding gloom announced by Eskom

“The likelihood of stage 8 load shedding during peaks is extremely high if the measures that we have scheduled for wintertime fail to produce the intended results and your unplanned outages reach levels of 18,000 MW,” he said. “If the interventions that we have planned for the winter do not achieve the desired outcomes and your unplanned outages reach levels of 18,000 MW.”

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The electricity crisis has left large swathes of SA in darkness

Real state capture

On Saturday, Sisulu’s advisor Mphumzi Mdekazi stated in an interview with The Citizen that the former minister described what is happening in the country today as the “real state capture.”

“The only view, which is a public secret, is that the country’s lights were on when the current president took over from [former] president Zuma; however, the lights are off today.

“Whoever is responsible for the electricity crisis is purposefully pitting the ANC against society; this is political sabotage so that we can be dislodged from our position of political power in the general elections that will take place next year.” It is incredibly counter-revolutionary, and it is equivalent to self-hatred.

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Sisulu commented that when Jacob Zuma left office the lights were on

Nine years went to waste.

“You will recall that this electricity crisis was once attributed to what was referred to as state capture,’ while others referred to it as ‘nine wasted years,'” she said.

READ MORE: Cyril Ramaphosa: Government doesn’t have to give South Africans electricity

“Let us hypothetically say that was a fact for once, the logical question is, what happened to those who were implicated in that state capture report to date?” “Let us say that was a fact for once,” Mdekazi said.

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According to Mdekazi, Sisulu expressed concern that the current electricity shortage places the nation in jeopardy.

He stated that she had noted that the current electricity crisis is an act of economic sabotage, which ought to be classified as treason.

Has Lindiwe Sisulu resigned?

In March of this year, Ramaphosa made announcements regarding changes to his Cabinet, including the replacement of Lindiwe Sisulu with Patricia de Lille in the position of Minister of Tourism. Sisulu has been a member of the ANC national executive committee for a very long time. She has also served as a member of the national executive since 1994, during the presidency of Nelson Mandela’s predecessor, and she has held the position of minister in a number of different departments under a number of different administrations, including the intelligence, human settlements, and international relations and cooperation ministries.

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