Zuma's nuclear ambitions dealt blow by court ruling

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Cape Town - A ruling that the government failed to comply with the Constitution when it initiated a process to build new atomic power plants has dealt a major blow to President Jacob Zuma’s nuclear ambitions.

The Western Cape High Court on Wednesday ordered the government to hold public hearings and a parliamentary debate on the nuclear programme, which may cost as much as R1trn ($76bn). It set aside a 2015 decision to procure new nuclear capacity and nullified cooperation accords the government has concluded with countries including Russia, the US and South Korea. Judge Lee Bozalek ordered the state to pay all costs.

READ: Court sets aside nuclear deals with Russia, other countries

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