Johannesburg – While countries vying for South Africa’s 9 600 MW nuclear programme talk shop at a conference outside Pretoria, events down the road could put President Jacob Zuma’s dream of nuclear in a precarious position.
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Wednesday that the Gupta family had offered him Nhlanhla Nene’s job, which he declined. Weeks later, Nene was replaced by unknown ANC MP Des van Rooyen, who was then quickly dumped for Pravin Gordhan due to political pressure.
What Jonas didn’t clarify was whether the Guptas’ offer came with a condition to authorise the nuclear procurement plan, which Nene had been stalling on. The Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People are pressing charges against the Guptas on Thursday, in which they seek to uncover allegations of more Gupta-linked appointments.