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Mahlobo on nuclear power: It’s not my energy solution, it’s for SA

Energy Minister David Mahlobo says he’ll give clarity on government’s nuclear ambitions after the five children who died after light bulbs fell on them in Soshanguve have been laid to rest.

FILE: Minister of Energy David Mahlobo. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Energy Minister David Mahlobo has refused to answer any questions on government's controversial nuclear plan while on a visit to the bereaved families of five Soshanguve children.

The five pupils died on Saturday when light bulbs, which dislodged from a vandalised structure, fell on a group of children playing underneath.

When asked about allegations that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba asked the World Bank to fund government’s nuclear plan, Mahlobo said the question was inappropriate at a time when he was visiting grieving relatives.

“It’s not my energy solution, it’s for the country. There is no one who can dispute that you need power for a nation to grow.”

Standing next to him was ANC Youth League Tshwane leader Lesego Makhubela, who wore a black shirt bearing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face with the slogan “Putin made in Russia since 1999”.

Mahlobo says he’ll give clarity on government’s nuclear ambitions after the five children have been laid to rest.