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Cape Town - The agreement South Africa signed with Russia over nuclear energy is not a commercial agreement, the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday.

''It is not the minister telling everybody 'go out and procure','' said Advocate Marius Oosthuizen, trying to convince the judges that the controversial treaty was more a putting out of feelers than a secret R1trn commercial agreement.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute have applied to the court for a review of the agreement, on the grounds that there had been no public participation before it was tabled in Parliament and that the estimated R1trn price tag will bankrupt the country.

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