Gwede Mantashe, Mineral resources and energy minister has taken an aim at Western Cape premier Alan Winde, threatening to resist the DA’s intention to source additional energy supplies to counteract Eskom load-shedding.
While being interviewed by Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Business Intelligence Mantashe, revealed that he had engaged Premier Winde asking for talks to resolve issues around energy supplies.
“I met the premier of the Western Cape at the recent government legotla, and said to him that the best way is for us to work together, but if you want to spoil everything, you will be resisted at every turn, because you behave like a spoiler, and you regard the ANC government as your enemy,” he said.
Mantashe condemned the move made by the City of Cape Town, in which they approached the courts to be allowed to procure its own renewable energy without the consent of the national energy minister.
“We are not going to surrender the power of the national government because there is mischief driving the issue,” Mantashe added.
On Thursday last week during his State of the Province Address (SOPA), Premier, Alan Winde announced the province’s four-point plan for a return to energy stability.