The Western Cape High Court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s nuclear agreements with Russia, Korea and the US were unlawful and unconstitutional. In a landmark ruling, the Court also scrapped the South African government’s decision to buy about eight nuclear power stations — 9600MW of nuclear power. This decision was first gazetted in 2013 by former Energy Minister Ben Martins and later amended and gazetted in 2016 by former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. The court’s decision has also paved the way for citizens to have a say in any future decisions about a nuclear future for South Africa. The ruling set aside requests by government or Eskom for proposals and information from nuclear vendor countries. The matter was brought by Earthlife Africa and the SA Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) against the minister of energy, the president, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) and Eskom.
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Plans to build nuclear power plants in South Africa have stalled after a court ruled that president Jacob Zuma should have sought parliamentary approval for a deal with Russia.
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The Western Cape High Court on Wednesday ordered the government to hold public hearings and a parliamentary debate on the nuclear program, which may cost as much as 1 trillion-rand ($75 billion). It set aside a 2015 decision to procure new nuclear capacity and nullified co-operation accords the government has concluded with countries including Russia, the U.S. and South Korea. Judge Lee Bozalek ordered the state to pay all costs.
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