Minister reviews nuclear ruling

Energy minister

The South African Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, told members of Parliament on Tuesday that she will meet with her lawyers on Wednesday to discuss the High Court’s ruling that declared the nuclear-build programme unconstitutional.

She told Parliament that she and her lawyers would discuss a way forward for the nuclear case and whether an appeal is necessary.

Last week the Western Cape High Court set aside the country’s controversial nuclear agreement between South Africa and Russia on the basis that the processes followed by state-owned power utility, Eskom, to sign agreements with Russia were not in line with the Constitution.

“My understanding of the High Court’s judgement is that it does not exclude nuclear as an energy option. It criticised only the processes followed,” Kubayi told Parliament.

The judges agreed and ruled that the failure to include public participation in the process is a breach of national regulatory legislation.

Kubayi further said that she believes in transparency and has therefore pledged to engage the public on matters concerning the nuclear-build programme.

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