Civil society organisations and academics shoot down the idea of government implementing a state of disaster to deal with the electricity crisis. eNCA reporter Pule Letshwiti-Jones has the details. #dstv403
JOHANNESBURG - Various organisations and academics are against the idea of President Cyril Ramaphosa implementing a state of disaster to deal with the electricity crisis.
The groups say the additional power government will wield will enable widespread corruption as seen during the Covid-19 state of disaster.
Some organisations like OUTA say the move is unnecessary and more focus should be placed on better electricity regulations and implementable solutions.
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"I don't think that you can fix the regulatory environment," says OUTA's Stefanie Fick.
"If you are an energy expert you may disagree, but a state of disaster is also not the answer," she adds.
Prof Kedibone Phago from the North West University says the political leadership needed to resolve the energy crisis without a state of disaster is missing in action.
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Meanwhile, the Agriculture sector says the energy crises need to be resolved before food scarcity spirals out of control.
"There is no reason for a state of disaster at this point. If food becomes too expensive, then we are in serious trouble as a nation," AgriSA CEO, Christo van der Rheede.
All these concerns may only be answered when the President delivers his State of The Nation Address on Thursday.
* eNCA's Pule Letshwiti-Jones reports.