The DA has written to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Energy, Fikile Majola to demand that the the decision to close the briefing on the new nuclear build programme by the Department of Energy to the public be reversed.
“It is unacceptable to have Parliament closing meetings when such an important issue, clearly in the national public interest, is being discussed, said Gordon Mackay, the DA Shadow Minister of Energy.
“There is overwhelming public interest in the nuclear build programme, which South Africa does not need and cannot afford. This is precisely why Parliament must ensure real and meaningful oversight at this critical time.”
Section 59(2) of the Constitution states that the “National Assembly may not exclude the public, including the media, from a sitting of a committee unless it is reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society”.
Secrecy leads to corruption that steals from the poor, and allows for politicians and their cronies to benefit from public money.
“The people of South Africa deserve to know what is going on with regards to the nuclear build programme and the DA will fight to ensure they are given access to the information they deserve, added Mackay.
Thyspunt is the preferred site for a nuclear power plant with many local residents concerned about the negative impact the mega project could have on the ailing Kouga infrastructure.