Government will not appeal nuclear ruling

File: Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has resisted pressure to appeal the court ruling that put a stop to the proposed R1-trillion nuclear build programme. Photo: Gallo / Nasief Manie

JOHANNESBURG - Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi will not appeal the Western Cape High Court judgment declaring the nuclear programme unlawful

Kubayi said in a statement the government would not continue with the planned deal.

Last month, two NGOs -- Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute -- successfully challenged plans to acquire nuclear power, arguing that the government could not afford the R1-trillion price tag.

The Western Cape High Court ruled in their favour, setting aside all proposed nuclear deals and declaring them unlawful and unconstitutional.

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Kubayi says government remains committed to the current energy policy, and will soon be signing new agreements with five countries.

She’s vowed to ensure her department follows correct procedures.

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