The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) is to be involved in talks with the government about a crisis at a state-owned energy company, Eskom.
The group supports the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s initiative to restructure the firm. Earlier the president made an announcement on dividing the utility in three business units. Contralesa also hopes it will not lead to privatization and stuff cuts.
Contralesa, in turn, has requested a meeting with South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe and the Eskom administration.
“We don’t see electricity as a privilege. We see electricity as a human right. Therefore, you can’t speak about an instrument in electricity without involving us,” General secretary Zolani Mkiva stressed.