DA demands answers over nuclear contract

The party has called on the Energy Ministry to answer questions about an apparent nuclear contract.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the Energy Ministry needs to answer questions about an apparent nuclear contract that has left South Africans in the "dark".

The Mail & Guardian is reporting that Shantan Reddy, the son of President Jacob Zuma's friend Vivian Reddy, clinched a contract worth R171 million for the procurement of a nuclear build programme management system.

It's been listed on the Energy Department's website under the "awarded bids" section, despite Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently saying that a final decision to proceed with a nuclear build programme will only be made once there's been a request for proposals.

The DA's energy spokesperson Gordan Mackay says, "Since the president made the announcement in 2014 about the nuclear build programme, not a single document has surfaced in Parliament. We have submitted questions again three weeks ago, which she has declined on the basis that the information was sensitive."

Empire Technology appears to have clinched the multi-million rand contract.