Earthlife Africa wants court to halt SA nuclear project

Earthlife has announced plans to use the court to secure answers & stop plans to build nuclear power plants.

FILE: Citizens are waiting for information about the potential purchase of 9,6 gigawatts of nuclear power to support Eskom’s electricity grid. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Earthlife Africa has announced its plans to use the court to secure answers about government's nuclear build plans, and ultimately to try and stop the project.

The organisation is due to hold a briefing on Thursday, to give more details about its legal challenge.

South Africans are waiting for information about the potential purchase of 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear power to support Eskom's electricity grid.

There is no formal decision yet on who will build the power plants or how much they will cost.

Last month, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson dismissed claims the nuclear build programme will cost around R1 trillion.

Earthlife's Dominique Doyle says, "We are doing this to ultimately try and stop it and to demand answers. It is quite [clear] that procurement processes have not been followed and the public have been asking questions for a long time now about the costs of the nuclear build. We're not getting anything back from government."