Court finds 'nuclear deal' with Russia to be unlawful


South Africa hasn't complied with the constitution in seeking bidders for a nuclear energy programme and must cancel any deals that have already been signed, the Western Cape high court ruled.

Earthlife Africa, which brought the case, says the judgment vindicates its argument that the process government has followed was unlawful.

Several protesters took to the streets in Cape Town in protest against government's nuclear build programme on 22 February 2017.

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In his ruling, he declared government's attempts to secure 9.6 GW of nuclear energy were unlawful, including the initial determination to procure nuclear energy in 2013, the cooperation agreements signed with Russian Federation, the United States and South Korea, as well as former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's decision to hand over the procurement of nuclear energy to Eskom late a year ago.

The high court set aside all proposed nuclear deals and declared them unlawful and unconstitutional.

Government's nuclear plans have been ruined and all deals are off the table.

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The NGOs also argued that the energy department acted unlawfully when it moved the procurement of the nuclear energy to Eskom. That was also ruled unconstitutional due to the lack of public consultation.

The expansion plan is opposed by environmental and clean-energy groups, while some economists have said the country's ailing economy can not afford to build new nuclear plants whose costs are estimated around R1 trillion ($76 billion).

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba repeated President Jacob Zuma's earlier statement that nuclear energy would only be procured at a pace and scale the government can afford.

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