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Lobby group wants govt to stop energy deal with Russia

Demonstrators demanded a meeting with the chairperson of the energy portfolio committee.

Anti-nuclear deal protesters say the government should instead spend the money on housing. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Communities and non-profit organisations want government to stop any future energy deals with Russia.

The Campaign for a Just Energy Future on Wednesday protested in front of Parliament.

Demonstrators demanded a meeting with the chairperson of the energy portfolio committee.

Close to 300 protesters first held a vigil outside Parliament on Wednesday morning.

They then marched to St. Georges Cathedral, where they met with communities from the Karoo, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.

The demonstrators then made their way back to Parliament.

“We said no they must stop that deal, that nuclear deal.”

They say government should rather spend the funds on housing, something communities desperately need.