DA slams minister's plan for Eskom to take charge of nuclear build

Tina Joemat-Pettersson said that Eskom is best placed to take over the procurement of the nuclear build.

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CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's plan to recommend to Cabinet that Eskom take over the procurement for the country's proposed mega billion rand nuclear build.

Joemat-Pettersson told Parliament's energy oversight committee that the power utility is best placed to do it.

"I do believe that on the nuclear programme, Eskom has the experience and has operated a world class nuclear power plant in Africa. The only power plant in Africa which is operated by South Africans for South Africans."

But the DA's Gordon Mackay has condemned the move, arguing that it's aimed at giving Eskom free rein and preventing proper parliamentary oversight over the deal.

"Essentially what we've done is, we've created serious sleight of hand where we're actually removing oversight of South Africans and of Parliament off the nuclear by making it subject to internal Eskom processes."