Greenpeace has lashed out at government over what it says are its top-secret nuclear power negotiations. ?The environmental group says South Africans are already fed up with rising electricity prices. ?
PRETORIA - Greenpeace has lashed out at government over what it says are its top-secret nuclear power negotiations.
The environmental group said South Africans are already fed up with rising electricity prices.
Greenpeace said there’s no proof that nuclear energy will solve the current power crisis.
Government is planning to construct several nuclear plants over the next 15 years, at an estimated cost of one-trillion-rand.
Activists held a demonstration outside the Energy Department&39;s offices.
Using the symbol of a Trojan Horse, they claim the nuclear deal is a trap that will bankrupt the country.
Greenpeace said the department hasn&39;t responded to its pleas for transparency.
"Essentially there&39;s only one place that money can come from and that’s raised electricity tariffs. So it&39;s going to hit people&39;s pockets, and that’s why people should care."
"It&39;s also never safe, hugely expensive and will deliver far too little and far too late," said campaign manager at Greenpeace Africa, Melita Steele.
The parliamentary portfolio committee on energy has promised to arrange public hearings into government’s nuclear energy plans.
* Watch the full report in the video gallery above