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Zuma took control of nuclear deal: report

Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma

The energy department on Friday declined to comment on a report that President Jacob Zuma took control of a R1 trillion nuclear deal, negotiated directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and instructed energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to sign it.

“We can’t speak on that. It is unfair that you ask the department for comment,” spokesman Johannes Mokobane said. “The presidency must speak on that particular matter.”

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Friday, the Mail & Guardian quoted an ANC source saying that Zuma took control of the deal, ironed out the details with Putin on the sidelines of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Brazil in July, and finalised it in Moscow last month.

Sources told the newspaper Zuma subsequently instructed Joemat-Pettersson to sign the deal on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency conference in Vienna.

It reported that Zuma did not take the ANC’s national executive committee into his confidence on the matter, and only gave details to his most trusted cabinet ministers and MPs.

This week, it was announced that Russia had clinched a deal to build nuclear reactors in South Africa. Some details of the co-operation agreement — to supply as many as eight nuclear plants generating up to 9,6GW of power — were announced in joint statements by the energy department and Russia’s atomic energy corporation, Rosatom.

On Monday, Joemat-Petterson said in a statement the deal was signed on the sidelines of the Vienna conference.

On Thursday, the Democratic Alliance called on government to make details of the deal public. DA leader Helen Zille said the issuing of identical statements made it clear a deal had already been struck with Russia.

She said there had been speculation for months of a “secret deal” between Zuma and Putin around the nuclear build programme.  — Sapa


  1. Christo Wienand on

    ufriope warning Zuma took control of nuclear deal.he must go JAIL.they dnt allow to SA`s nuclear is for sale.

  2. I wonder if he’ll also take ownership of the disaster, in SA, which given the lack of skilled personnel and disastrous track record of Russian nuclear power, with its lack of accountability, will make Chernobyl look like a walk through an Nguni pen, or if he’ll try an transfer that to his useless comrades, like he has all his other cock ups.

  3. sidneycoadwilliams on


  4. With nuclear power there is no carbon emissions, but the biggest drawback is nuclear waste which cannot be disposed of very easily and lack of water which could cause a melt down. With the trillion invested I’m sure that money could have been invested in wind farms, solar farms as well as hydroelectric power which is also carbon emission free, Zuma’s main concern is lack of information and mainly a lack of education which grade 5 can give you, he needs to be sent to a Russian re-education camp.

  5. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Whilst some fools “tread” with their foot in their mouths…

    Nuclear Physicist Dr Gordon Sibiya, was invited to present a paper on energy systems at a conference on that subject which was attended by Professor Emendorfer of Stuttgart University. The professor invited Sibiya to participate in a project on the design of the Zephyr fusion test reactor at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Munich. Working there from 1970 to 1980, he was awarded a PhD in nuclear reactor physics by the University of Stuttgart. Having achieved his educational goals Sibiya returned to South Africa.

  6. We need these power stations for SA, but you cant trust Zuma and this corrupt government to deal with this amount of money, specially with a corrupt nation like Russia!

  7. Wind will not supply all our needs and the coal is busy running out, that will last another 20 years and its gone. Nuclear is most certainly one of best solutions in the short term while we build wind and solar plants. but to dismiss nuclear as a source is very short sighted.

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