Earthlife Africa has 'strong case' against SA nuclear project

The organisation says it's lodged legal papers in its challenge against government’s nuclear power plans.

FILE: Earthlife Africa says they have found several grounds to challenge the legality and constitutionality of the planned nuclear build project. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Earthlife Africa says it has lodged legal papers in its challenge against government's nuclear power plans, and is now waiting for a response from President Jacob Zuma and his energy minister.

The organisation says it has exhausted all avenues to try and get answers about plans to add 9.6 gigawatts of electricity to the nation's grid, and is deeply suspicious of South Africa's dealings with Russia.

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 said, "Our main concerns are that such a huge procurement is taking place with absolutely no public participation and the secrecy with which this is unfolding."

She says they have found several grounds to challenge the legality and constitutionality of the planned nuclear build project and believe they have a strong case.

Earthlife is fundraising money to support its bid.