South Africa 26.4.2017 09:00 pm

High court puts brakes on SA’s nuclear deal with Russia

Environmental activists celebrate outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday after the court found government's nuclear procurement processes to be unlawful and unconstitutional. PHOTO: Catherine Rice/ANA

Environmental activists celebrate outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday after the court found government's nuclear procurement processes to be unlawful and unconstitutional. PHOTO: Catherine Rice/ANA

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that the nuclear deal is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Earthlife activists were jubilant outside the Western Cape High Court after it found government’s nuclear procurement processes to be unlawful and unconstitutional.

Judge Lee Bozalek delivered judgement on Wednesday to a packed courtroom. The case was brought by Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute against government in 2015.

The applicants argued that government could not afford the one trillion rand it would cost to go ahead with the nuclear deal.

Activists at court described it as “a victory for South Africans” after government’s agreements with Russia, the United States and South Korea were set aside by the court.

Environmental activists celebrate outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday after the court found government's nuclear procurement processes to be unlawful and unconstitutional. PHOTO: Catherine Rice/ANA

Environmental activists celebrate outside the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday after the court found government’s nuclear procurement processes to be unlawful and unconstitutional. PHOTO: Catherine Rice/ANA

The court also found that former energy minister Tina Joemat-Petersson had acted unlawfully when it moved the procurement of nuclear energy to Eskom in 2016.

Despite the inclement weather, there was a festive atmosphere outside court as activists danced in the rain.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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