The Western Cape High Court has found government’s alleged R1 trillion proposed nuclear deal with Russia to be unlawful‚ according to social justice organisations who hailed the court verdict as a victory after the court ruling.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute took the Department of Energy to court for procuring this arrangement under a veil of secrecy.
The procurement deal would be the largest in the country’s history at an estimated R1-trillion‚ and would see the building of a “nuclear fleet” that would generate nearly 10GW of power.
In September 2014‚ Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson signed an agreement with Russia on strategic partnership and cooperation in the fields of nuclear power and industry‚ which was then authorised by President Jacob Zuma.
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