Govt defends nuclear 'secrecy'

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Cape Town - Government came under fire for tabling treaties in Parliament without debate as an application over its nuclear agreement with Russia continued in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Judges Lee Bozalek and Elizabeth Baartman expressed concern over how Members of Parliament are supposed to know about the existence of a treaty which they might not agree with, if it is ''in some drawer''.

The government's lawyer Marius Oosthuizen SC countered with a defence that the treaties are covered in the press before they are tabled.

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