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Thousands protest against nuclear power

Opponents vowed to continue with mass protests against the state's plan to expand nuclear projects.

Thousands of activists protested against the expansion of nuclear projects in South Africa on 10 November 2012. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency and Department of Minerals and Energy have come under fire for failing to accept a memorandum from groups protesting against the expansion of nuclear projects in the country.

Thousands of activists on Saturday took to the streets of central Johannesburg, demanding that Eskom abandon its plan to build six nuclear power stations.

The various projects will cost around R3 trillion.

Protesters vowed to continue with mass demonstrations against the state's plans.

Activist Khuthadzo Khorombi said nuclear power stations are dangerous and expensive to maintain.

"What the government is actually doing right now is putting profits before people."

After marching over four kilometres from Parktown to central Johannesburg, no officials were there to receive the memorandum of grievances.

Opponents called on government to find cheaper and safer sources of energy.