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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson at the Gas Options meeting in Cape Town.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson at the Gas Options meeting in Cape Town.

Cape Town – The government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, leading environmentalists said after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.  

Earthlife SA and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (Safcei) claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.

Following the Department of Energy (DoE) and Joemat-Pettersson’s failure to meet the original May 13 deadline to submit answering affidavits, the State Attorney on Monday said they could also not meet the 20 May Rule 30A notice deadline, a rule that prohibits further delays.

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