Opposition parties call for more transparency on nuclear plans

Opposition parties have also slammed the secrecy behind the project which Cabinet gazetted.

FILE: Eskom's Koeberg Power Station. Picture: Eskom.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have called for the government to publicise more information on its nuclear procurement plans.

They have also slammed the secrecy behind the project which Cabinet gazetted earlier this week.

Many have questioned the costs and the sustainability of the programme but Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan maintains Treasury will only proceed with plans that were affordable.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Gordon Mackay says a lot of people still remain in the dark about the programme.

"Every time government talks about nuclear promises that information will come down the road that the process will be transparent and open and yet government is yet to display any such openness and transparency."

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says secrecy is not the only concern.

"They are steam rolling this process without going through proper procedures. We reject it because it represents that it doesn't matter which finance minister presides over the Treasury, the predatory practices of the ANC continue as they always have."