South Africa 3.8.2015 05:55 pm

DA questions Joemat-Pettersson on ‘nuke deal’

FILE PICTURE: An aerial view of South Africa's Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, 30km north of Cape Town. Picture: Die Burger/Esa Alexander/Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: An aerial view of South Africa's Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, 30km north of Cape Town. Picture: Die Burger/Esa Alexander/Gallo Images

The DA will be urging parliament’s oversight committee chairperson on energy to summon Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to answer to the “nuke deal”.

In a statement on Monday, DA MP in the committee Gordon Mackay said the chairperson Fikile Majola had conceded to the majority opposition party’s request for public hearings on the government’s plan to build nuclear power stations.

“In order to ensure that these hearings are more than pre-arranged ANC talk-shops, I will today [Monday] write to [Majola]… requesting that the Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, is the first person to appear before Parliament to disclose her department’s feasibility and affordability research into the secretive multi-billion rand Nuclear Build Programme,” said Mackay.

The DA has argued that according the National Development Plan, a key government policy document, nuclear was to only be considered “within the strict confines of affordability” and as a last resort.

According to the National Development Plan (NDP), nuclear should be only be considered “within the strict confines of affordability” and as a last resort.

“Minister Joemat-Pettersson will be handed the opportunity to clear the air by presenting the empirical evidence on which the decision to favour nuclear over other forms of energy was made, in light of the NDP.

“Spending such an enormous amount of public money requires thorough and dependable justification which, up until now, the public has not received,” Mackay said.

It has been rumoured in the media that the nuclear deal with Russia would cost about a trillion rand.

“We have serious concerns with regard to the impact of the new build programme on an already fragile economy and the potential for nuclear to price the poor our of legal electricity usage,” Mackay said.

 

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