Opposition parties slam govt’s decision to proceed with nuclear deal

Cabinet published a notice for the procurement in the government gazette notice this week.

FILE: Opposition parties have accused government of misleading the public about the project on more than one occasion. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have slammed government's decision to proceed with the nuclear procurement plan.

Cabinet published a notice for the procurement in the government gazette notice this week amid fears of the projects ballooning costs.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has however stressed that Treasury would only proceed with plans that were affordable.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Gordon Mackay has questioned why the notice was signed by former Energy Minister Ben Martins and is dated back to 2013.

He's accused government of misleading the public about the project on more than one occasion.

"The president has continued to state that there has been no decision on nuclear. We feel that this is proof that the current energy minister has been misleading the South African public for at least two and a half years."

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says it appears government does not care that the project will cripple the country's fiscus and says a proper study on the viability of the programme has not been conducted.