Sabotage to blame for power loss: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa was abroad when South Africa experienced stage 6 load-shedding. He said this took him by surprise.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says that sabotage at Eskom has resulted in a loss of 2,000 megawatts.

Ramaphosa says this led to power outages in the country.

He says someone in the Eskom system disconnected one of the instruments resulting in power loss.

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The President has instructed the South African Police Services and intelligence services to investigate the alleged sabotage.

“We must investigate the sabotage, I have directed that the sabotage acts be investigated,” he said.

“They must immediately work with SAPS and our intelligence services as well to find out exactly how anyone within Eskom could have disconnected the instrument that has led to the loss of 2,000 megawatts.”

Ramaphosa has called on Eskom to respond urgently to the need for power.

He cut short his trip to Egypt to return to South Africa to meet Eskom executives.

Eskom implemented stage 6 load-shedding on Monday for the first time.

President Cyril Ramaphosa met with Eskom's management today. He'll be briefed on plans to resolve the current electricity crisis.


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