The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will write to President Cyril Ramaphosa to demand the release of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into Eskom.

DA Spokesperson on Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, says the report found that South Africa forked out R14.5 billion for what she describes as Eskom’s self-created emergency coal supply during the first round of rolling blackouts in 2008.

Mazzone says her party is giving Ramaphosa until Friday to release the SIU report, which has been with the Presidency since 2017.

In a statement released, Mazonne says the DA demands that President Ramaphosa makes the SIU report public not later than midday on Friday.

She says if the President fails to accede to the DA’s request the party will submit an application by invoking the Promotion of Access to Information Act or PAIA.

She says the SIU report also reportedly found that South Africa’s 2008 rolling blackout episode may have been carefully orchestrated by a cohort of employees at Eskom to sign emergency contracts.

Mazonne says it’s in the best interest of the country to release the report so as to examine the extent of the rot at Eskom and to hold the implicated persons accountable.

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