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Energy Minister forced to withdraw presentation on energy crisis

Joemat-Pettersson is at the forefront of the government’s plans to build a fleet of nuclear reactors.

FILE: Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson is at the forefront of the government’s plans to build a fleet of nuclear reactors. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had to withdraw a presentation on dealing with the energy crisis after opposition objections that the document she had given Members of Parliament (MPs) was classified secret.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Pieter van Dalen raised the point that members of the Energy Portfolio Committee needed security clearance or the document had to be declassified before they could deal with it.

After deliberations behind closed doors, it was decided Joemat-Pettersson would return once the classification of the document had been dealt with.

But van Dalen said he will be asking National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and leader of government business deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa why the document was classified secret.

"I think it should be an open and transparent process. If I, as a member of parliament, can work through it, I should be able to share it with the people who voted for me."

Joemat-Pettersson is at the forefront of the government's plans to build a fleet of nuclear reactors at the cost of billions, if not trillions of rands.

President Jacob Zuma said the plans are at an advanced stage, but they have been shrouded in secrecy.

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