“This turf war was waiting to (worsen) as soon as a powerless (Kgosientsho) Ramokgopa was appointed,” Africa governance expert, Stephen Chan, tells The Africa Report. “But it seems to be that none of the three ministers is being directed by any coherent cabinet or presidential strategy”.
Domestic reports allege that “new kid” Ramokgopa has been “bullied” and verbally spoken down to by mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe and public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan during cabinet meetings when he proposed new energy policies. The president has denied this.
Last week’s public pleas from the ruling ANC party’s politburo for President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene and back Ramokgopa exposed the messy and expanding turf war over Eskom and control of South Africa’s future energy outlook.
Fikile Mbalula, the ANC secretary general, asked the president to stop the territorial
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