South Africa’s electricity minister called out by activists for his fat salary and hypocrisy

  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) and the University of Pretoria, invited Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, the Minister of Electricity, to speak and share his ‘invaluable insights’ on the crucial topic of energy sovereignty and its significance in achieving a sustainable and equitable energy transition.

The public lecture yesterday, titled Energy Sovereignty in the Context of the Sustainable and Just Energy Transition, was disrupted by a group of activists was disrupted by a group of activists led by Extinction Rebellion climate activist, Malik Dasoo.

Dasoo and several other Extinction Rebellion climate activists interrupted the lecture and stood in front of the podium with Dasoo interupted Ramakgopa calling the PCC a “talk shop and a money pit!”

“Mr Ramokgopa earns R2.4-million a year in his salary. What has he done to improve electricity access in this country?” Dasoo asked the audience before being carried out of the theatre along with his fellow activists by security.

“We disrupted this event to say that there is no legitimacy in our government departments or the Presidential Climate Commission,” Dasoo said.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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