Martin Williams
3 minute read
28 Apr 2022
6:45 am

We will not be free from ANC until Scopa fulfils its oversight role

Martin Williams

If Scopa had tackled the bad guys, we might now at least be free of load shedding

IFP member of parliament Mkhuleko Hlengwa during a debate on youth day on 11 June 2015 in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images / Beeld / Lerato Maduna

We call 27 April Freedom Day but we are not free from ANC incompetence, corruption and electricity blackouts. The spat between parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) and Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso is instructive. Where was Scopa when we needed a watchdog? Scandals such as the arms deal, Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home and state capture could have been cut short if Scopa had been doing its job. Instead, Scopa consistently caved in to ANC crooks. Now, with radical economic transformation (RET) forces baying for Eskom CEO André de Ruyter’s demise, Scopa gives them ammunition. In the 14 years...