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S/African gov’t to study nuclear court ruling – Minister

The South African government has noted the Western Cape High Court’s ruling on the country nuclear build programme, adding that she would study the contents of the pronouncement before making further comments.Non-governmental organisation Earthlife Africa and the South African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) brought a case against the government to stop it from carrying out the over US$70 billion nuclear energy project that is deemed to be too expensive for the country’s taxpayers.

Following the Wednesday ruling, the ministry of energy on Thursday said: “The Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has directed the ministry to study the judgment, and will pronounce on the matter in due course.”

It added: “The minister will also engage all other relevant parties on the outcome of the matter.”

The ministry reiterated that the South African government had not entered into any deal or signed any contract for the procurement of nuclear power.

“However, there are inter-governmental agreements signed between South Africa and the United States of America, South Korea, China, Russia, and France,” the ministry said, adding that the minister will engage Parliament on the matter.

Published on 28.04.2020

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