CAPE TOWN, Dec 15 — President Jacob Zuma has blamed what he describes as institutionalised racism for the energy problems faced by South Africa currently.
Zuma spoke out about the issue for the first time when addressing the Fourth National Congress of the Young Communist League at the University of the Western Cape here last Friday.
South African has experienced rolling blackouts for three consecutive weekends because of major problems at some of the power stations of power utility Eskom.
Zuma said the State had a programme of action in which ailing State-controlled Eskom, South African Airways and the Post Office would implement their turnaround strategies.
“We have also taken measures to assist the SOEs (State-owned enterprises) that are facing difficulties, such as Eskom, SAA and the South African Post Office. We have identified and are responding to the challenges that were caused by Eskom’s load shedding programme.”
Zuma said the congress came at a significant time in the country’s history, just after South Africans commemorated the first anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela’s death.
Stressing that young people should embody Madiba’s values, he added: “In memory of Madiba, we must recommit ourselves to the age old values of our movement, such as self-sacrifice, humility, tolerance, discipline, hard work and integrity. Madiba was a unifying figure, not just of our movement but also of our country as a whole.”