Jacob Zuma ‘took control of R1 trillion nuclear deal’

2014-09-26 10:45

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The energy department has 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,” spokesperson Johannes Mokobane said today.

“The presidency must speak on that particular matter.”

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

The Mail & Guardian today 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 cooperation 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 the deal was signed on the sidelines of the Vienna conference.

The Democratic Alliance yesterday 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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.