Under pressure public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan says the government is within its rights to hold Eskom board members accountable amid suggestions that political interference is hampering the revival of the troubled state-owned power utility.

Gordhan also said it must be noted that it will take a long time for Eskom to recover fully from the damage caused by state capture. The power utility, which is seen as the greatest risk to SA’s finances, has struggled to keep the lights on recently, which prompted the resignation of its chair Jabu Mabuza earlier in January. Subsequently, there have been growing calls for Gordhan to step down with the EFF leading the charge, saying he, too, is at the centre of the “confusion, incompetence, paralysis and the lack of direction suffered by Eskom”...

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