READ: Ramaphosa 'shocked, angry' over 'broken' EskomThe power utility with a debt burden of R420bn other MPs of various opposition parties laid into the crisis during the debate. Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane called for SA to have a more adaptable energy mix and the reform of state-owned enterprises (SOE).
"We (the DA) aren't interested in preserving beleaguered SOEs like Eskom," he said. "Sell the ones that are not working like SAA, so our people can use these resources."DA MP Natasha Mazzone commented that "all of SA will be affected by collapsing Eskom," which is putting the "entire economy and millions of jobs in jeopardy.
""We need to call this crisis what it is, this is no longer just load shedding - it is persistent, rolling blackouts. It is killing our economy," she said.Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema called out Ramaphosa's plan to unbundle the utility as a guise for privatisation for the benefit of the president's friends and family members in business.
Malema said that privatisation had already started in the generation component of the utility through the introduction of power purchase agreements which have forced Eskom to buy power at "unaffordable and impractical" prices through an "irrational" business model. "We want to tell you here - Eskom will not be privatised and no retrenchments will take place. If you proceed to privatise Eskom, we as the EFF will seriously confront government and IPPs," Malema said.
"Your approach to Eskom is going destroy the power utility," he added.