Did politics or public opinion just force the chair of Eskom’s board out?  Either way, this is — contrary to much of what we have heard recently — a big plus for accountable government.

Jabu Mabuza’s resignation is a product of Eskom’s failure to keep its promise to avoid load-shedding until January 13. President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed it as a win for accountability: Mabuza, he said, had taken responsibility for a failure and deserved respect for this. A weekend news report claimed the former chair had jumped before he was pushed; he had, it reported, lost support in the cabinet.

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