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DA’s Mmusi Maimane Asks Ramaphosa to Tell South African Truth About Chinese-owned Power Station


President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address at Parliament in Cape Town. Date: February 078, 2019, Photo: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane has demanded that Cyril Ramaphosa tell the public the truth about the planned Chinese-owned power plant to be built in Limpopo.

He slammed the ANC’s poor track of service delivery and corruption in the province.

Maimane alleged that the power plant would be only provide the Chinese-owned projects with electricity, not ordinary South Africans.

Ramaphosa’s plans for the plant come after his trip to China late last year. According to the DA leader, Ramaphosa received a R33 billion loan for Eskom from a Chinese bank.

Maimane alleged that this was a tit-for-tat deal, where the new power plant would only be used to power Chinese-owned operations in Limpopo. This comes after more than a week of stage 4 load shedding and fears of an energy crisis.

Additionally, Limpopo is still plagued by high poverty and unemployment, and chronic lack of adequate infrastructure.

Maimane also accused Ramaphosa of selling South Africa to the highets bidder, adding that Chinese loans always came with strings attached. As examples, he cited Zambia, who will have to hand over Lusaka International Airport to Chinese ownership after defaulting on loan payments, according to IOL.

He also criticised the timing of the proposal, saying that the government should not be making plans to provide foreign companies with power when ordinary South Africans were facing major load shedding.

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