DA damns Erwin

Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin, pictured, should stop acting as the government's spokesman on national electricity problems because he had lost credibility, the DA said.

Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin, pictured, should stop acting as the government's spokesman on national electricity problems because he had lost credibility, the DA said.

"Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin neither bears sole political responsibility nor is he competent to act as the government's [spokesman] on the national power problems and particularly not on Koeberg," DA minerals and energy spokesman Hendrik Schmidt said yesterday.

"Minister Erwin lost all credibility he had on power outages last year when he notoriously stated on national television that sabotage was to blame for the shutdown at Koega when in truth it was because of Eskom's negligence and poor maintenance of the nuclear power plant," he said.

Schmidt also accused Erwin of having lied about the issue in parliament.

"He wilfully misled parliament by denying that he had made the false statement, despite having been presented with video evidence to the contrary," Schmidt said.

He called on Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica to start accounting to South Africans for the electricity crisis. - Sapa

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