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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is adamant that he is not to blame for continued load shedding – even though his department oversees the procurement of generation capacity and not a single megawatt has been connected to the grid during his tenure.

In a wide-ranging interview with News24 on Tuesday, Mantashe, who is also ANC chairperson, not only continued to distance himself and his department from the crisis but doubled down on his comments that effectively accused outgoing Eskom chief executive André de Ruyter and staff at the power utility of treason.

He also made further potentially misleading claims that Eskom was allowing generation capacity to "stand idle" when it is in fact broken and in need of costly and time-consuming repairs, which may not be financially viable.

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