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Greenpeace goes to Public Protector

Greenpeace believes relevant information about nuclear power is being withheld from SA public.

Greenpeace anti-nuclear demonstrators protest outside the Industrial Development Corporation in Sandton. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Environmental rights group Greenpeace on Sunday approached the Public Protector and the Human Rights Commission, following Energy Minister Dipuo Peters' refusal to release the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR).

The review was compiled by the department to assess South Africa’s readiness to build nuclear power stations in the country.

The review was also discussed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at a closed workshop in South Africa in October 2012.

Greenpeace has accused Peters of trying to hide relevant information from the public about South Africa’s readiness to build nuclear power stations.

The organisation's Ferrial Adam said the country is not ready to develop nuclear power.

“I think that the Department of Energy has consistently been working in area around secrecy.

“They have refused us a document to tell us whether South Africa is ready for nuclear power.

“We’re wondering why they can’t share that information with civil society.”