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Earthlife Africa warns against nuclear deal

Friday 4 November 2016 05:29

Dries Liebenberg

Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute are challenging the nuclear procurement process in the Cape High Court in December.

Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute are challenging the nuclear procurement process in the Cape High Court in December. (SABC)

Earthlife Africa's Makoma Lekalakala has warned that the trillion-rand nuclear deal that is on the cards for South Africa will cause a bigger debacle than that of the controversial arms deal of the late 1990's.

Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute are challenging the nuclear procurement process in the Cape High Court in December.

They say Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson has violated the constitution. Lekalakala says the money set to be spent on the nuclear deal could be better spent.

"This is more of money making, of profits, of disregarding the rights of the people and bankrupting South Africa. And we don't want to be bankrupt. We want to alleviate poverty. We can invest more in renewable energy technologies."

Speaking in Durban at a fundraising dinner for the upcoming court case, the Faith Communities Institute's Ani Tsondru also says the court case was not about the pros and cons of nuclear power.

"So it has cost a lot more money, time and effort than was necessary that is almost a cynical drawing out of the process."

"I ask myself often why they would do that, if not having something to hide. If you don't have anything to hide it is very simple to say: Look, we made this decision in terms of this and here is everything and that's the end."


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