Eskom chairperson Mpho Makwana says that President Cyril Ramaphosa did not instruct or suggest to the board that it should not implement the impending 18.6% tariff increase, as that would amount to a neglect of its duties, he told MPs on Tuesday.
Makwana appeared before three parliamentary committees alongside CEO André de Ruyter and chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer to answer questions on what could be done to end load shedding.
Said Makwana: "What the president said is that he asked Eskom to look at how it could ease the impact of the increase. We did not receive an instruction from the president not to implement the increase. That would be negligent, and if we did, we would not be entitled to receive a single cent from the National Treasury on budget day."