Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has confirmed that the next phase of the nuclear procurement process has been stalled indefinitely.
The Democratic Alliance, which has been calling for the nuclear programme to be be abandoned from the outset, welcomed this move as the first step toward its outright cancellation.
The Minister’s admission related to the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was scheduled to be issued on 1 April.
Minister Joemat-Pettersson informed the committee that that 1 April deadline was not met and that no new date for the issuing of the RFP has been set, signalling that the procurement process is now in limbo.
The DA has staunchly opposed the nuke deal since it was first revealed that the South African government, under the direct leadership of President Zuma, had signed an agreement with the Russian state-owned nuclear corporation, Rosatom.
This agreement was entered into without the correct process being followed and raised serious questions relating to potential corruption given the personal involvement of the President.
Further questions were raised after the purchase of Shiva Uranium by the Guptas, suggesting that the nuclear deal is a project of state capture for the personal benefit of a connected few and opens the door for corruption of the highest order.
With the South African economy in crisis, we cannot allow a deal that places the already strained fiscus at further risk.
Thyspunt is the preferred site for a new Nuclear Power Station, despite many flaws in the Impact Studies and steadfast resistance from residents who oppose the project, which could break Kouga’s already flailing infrastructure.