Is the severe power shortage in South Africa the result of a campaign of political destabilization? This is what several South African media claim after the Afrikaans weekly. Report On Sunday, October 2, it became known that an employee of the South African state-owned electricity company is under investigation. He is suspected of deliberately shutting down the Camden thermal power plant (about 240 km east of Johannesburg), thereby prolonging the nightmare of South Africans facing an unprecedented power outage since early September.

Undermined by years of corruption and disastrous governance during former President Jacob Zuma’s two terms (2009-2018), South Africa’s state-owned electricity company Eskom is regularly forced to shut down parts of the world to avoid blackouts for fifteen years. These load shedding, which were initially infrequent, have intensified since 2019. But South Africa’s energy crisis peaked in recent weeks, when a fleet of aging power plants was damaged. In September, cargo was disconnected in the country for 25 days in a row, which is a record.

An example of internal “resistance”

While the rundown condition of most power plants explains many breakdowns,