CEPPWAWU Supports COSATU and NUM that Gordhan and the Eskom Board Must Go

The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (CEPPWAWU), is fully behind the call and the sentiments expressed by the giant federation COSATU of ‘accountability and consistency’ for Minister Gordhan, not to find another scapegoat, but to take full responsibility and accountability.

CEPPWAWU is a union organizing in the manufacturing sector where the load shedding has hit the sector very hard.

In December 2019 the load shedding reached unprecedented stage 6, and damaged the struggling sector as already in January 2020 the country experienced stage 2, this happened over and above President Ramaphosa having assured a nation of no load shedding. 

The World Bank has already fired the first salvo to South Africa by revising its 2020 growth forecast to less than 1%, all because of earlier load shedding than anticipated.

Therefore as a Union we welcome the departure and resignation of Jabu Mabuza; the former Eskom board chairman, the CEO and service provider. We echo the call for the entire Eskom board members to follow suit and the Minister Gordhan to go. It has been as clear as daylight that whatever he touches implodes. 

All the SOEs are on their knees under his watch and he has placed himself as a good guy for ‘javelin throwing’ in order for himself and his friends to catch it (the javelin) on the other side as he is advocating for privatisation and unbundling. 

South Africa has capable men and women who can turn the SOEs around without Pravin Gordhan’s dirty privatisation and unbundling hands.

The sooner Pravin Gordhan goes, the better and safer for all South Africans.

Issued by CEPPWAWU National Office, 11 January 2020

Contact: 010 206 6600

General Secretary, Cde Welile Nolingo, 063 691 3112


Deputy General Secretary, Cde Musa Bhengu, 063 691 3113