Another lifeline for Eskom — MPs' mixed reactions to Special Appropriation Bill

MPs debated the decision by finance minister Tito Mboweni and the government to give power utility Eskom yet another lifeline — this time R59bn.

The DA, EFF and IFP had mixed responses to the Special Appropriation Bill which will be signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa, after it has been approved by the National Council of Provinces. This is what MPs had to say: Eskom “too big to fail” — ANC Sifiso Buthelezi, chair of the appropriations committee, said while the ruling party supported the bill, government needed to ensure strict conditions for the transfer of the funds.

Buthelezi said the power utility was “too big to fail” and that its collapse would not only be felt by South Africans in general but Eskom's employees as well.

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