Motsepe briefs media on Eskom allegations
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 18 February, 2019
By: Zilungile Mkhize
The Chairperson of African Rainbow Energy and Power, Patrice Motsepe, has downplayed allegations that his company is set to benefit from the unbundling of Eskom.
Motsepe, who is the brother-in-law of President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been holding a media briefing with the group’s CEO, Brian Dames, in Sandton about the Independent Power Producer programme.
The briefing comes in the wake of repeated claims by the EFF that IPP’s are benefiting the interests of Ramaphosa’s family.
Motsepe says his company has not benefited from any form of favoritism or nepotism.
“I can’t respond to some of the allegations, they are excessively ridiculous and I have to ignore these things. It’s absolutely ridiculous that we are somehow involved in the blackouts. We’ve got people in the mines who have to go underground every day and if there are blackouts we are in trouble. So it does not matter where it’s the truth or not but we have a duty to look at ordinary South African and say, of course, you have to make up your mind,” says Motsepe.