Anti-nuclear lobby groups protest against ‘unjust’ nuclear power deal

South Africa’s plans for a new nuclear build programme has been broadly criticised.

Nuclear power plant. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Anti-nuclear lobby groups have used Mandela Day to protest against what they regard as an unjust nuclear power deal.

Demonstrators picketed on bridges across Cape Town on Tuesday morning.

South Africa’s plans for a new nuclear build programme has been broadly criticised.

But the Department of Energy has refuted the accusations the deal will be mired in corruption.

It is also revising the plan after the Western Cape High Court ruled that some of the determinations were not done according to regulations.

The Campaign for Energy Justice's Kumi Naidoo is calling for the plan to be scrapped altogether.

“Even though the government has decided to not appeal the decision, they’re now going back and starting the process again to not make the mistakes they made before. Therefore, this morning on Madiba’s birthday, we wanted to remind people that the struggle to defeat this unjust, fraudulent nuclear deal continues.”