Cabinet not aware of secret nuclear dealings

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A steam component of a nuclear reactor at the Atommash factory in Volgodonsk, 205km from the regional capital of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia. (Photo: Matthew le Cordeur).
A steam component of a nuclear reactor at the Atommash factory in Volgodonsk, 205km from the regional capital of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia. (Photo: Matthew le Cordeur).

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet has denied claims that it secretly approved the start of the nuclear procurement programme during its meeting just before Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was fired last Wednesday.

Business Day journalist Carol Paton, who has a reputation for excellent sources, wrote on Monday that “the decision was made at the last Cabinet meeting of the year on Wednesday, after which Nhlanhla Nene was fired as finance minister. The approval was not announced by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe in his Cabinet briefing on Friday.”

Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams told Fin24 in a brief response on Monday that she was not aware of this. "(I) saw it in Business Day."

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