The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that the country is in a unique situation due to the lack of energy, something that has never happened in its history. South Africa has been placed in a state of emergency due to the lack of energy
He said this on the 9th of February when he was in the House of Commons in a public meeting that shows where the country stands. He declared extraordinary circumstances as he did during Covid-19.
President Ramaphosa said that “the problem has taken another step and has affected all levels of society. We are declaring a national emergency to find a solution to the problem of power shortage and its consequences.”
This decision began to be implemented as soon as it was announced, with the aim of helping the government to speed up actions aimed at solving problems by implementing certain projects and preventing anyone from sacrificing them.
The leader of the opposition Alliance Démocratique, John Steenhuisen, said that imposing a state of emergency was the wrong solution to the problem.
“We are going to talk to our lawyers but we think we will challenge this decision in the courts because this opens the door to an outcry like we saw during Covid-19 when solutions could have been found through important actions to be taken in Eskom.”