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Friday, March 20, 2015

Bring Culprits to Book: David Lipschitz's letter in the Cape Times on Monday 16th March 2015

Dear Editor

​There is so much happening in the electricity industry at the moment​,​ and so few of us who are up to date on proceedings and commenting on them. Thank you for the recent letters and articles that you have published.

The suspension of these Eskom executives couldn't have come at a worse time for South Africa and its electricity supply.

It is possible to conduct internal audits without suspending the most
​crucial people on your board of directors. And that board was elected by the President and his cabinet!

As the ​cabinet has a "war room", set up on December​ 11​, concerning Eskom, shouldn't the entire cabinet be suspended? This would create an automatic election​. Or at least suspend the current and former ministers of ​energy and ​of public ​enterprises​.

[I listed their names: the Cape Times left the names out:​ They are Lynne Brown, Malusi Gigaba, Dipuo Peters, Ben Martins, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.​]​

​Former Eskom​ chief executive​ Brian Dames, who ​the position from July 2010 until March 2014, should also be called to book as well as all the suppliers and unions who signed contracts to build the Medupi and Kusile power stations in ​eight​ years​,​ and at budgets 37​ percent​ lower than currently, and who have failed miserably in this task.

Yours faithfully,
David Lipschitz

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