Jacob Zuma’s nuclear deal will be disastrous for South Africa.
It will literally bankrupt us, diverting billions of rands from poverty reduction projects, while producing a nuclear white elephant in two decades’ time.
But it will make a lot of money for Zuma, the Guptas and ANC cronies in the short-term and they will be long gone by the time we feel the real pain.
In Parliament last week, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed that government is going ahead with the nuclear procurement process and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown confirmed that information on the process will not be made public.
In other words: “We’re going to tie you into far more debt that you can ever repay, but this is none of your business.”
Last week, a DA-assisted Mail and Guardian investigation has revealed the first concrete signs of corruption associated with the nuclear deal.
A R 171 million contract for the “Nuclear New Build Programme Management System” has been issued, potentially irregularly, to the son of Vivian Reddy, a close friend and ally of President Jacob Zuma.
South Africans should be deeply concerned about the government’s nuclear project. Let’s be clear.
It is in no way motivated by a genuine desire to secure South Africa’s energy future in the most cost effective and sustainable way.
Rather, this huge project is going ahead because Zuma, the Guptas and other ANC elites stand to make millions in bribes and tenders.
Like the Arms Deal, Nkandla and the President’s new jet, there is no intention to use state resources judiciously in order to derive the maximum public benefit.
And like these ill-conceived projects, the nuclear deal will have the ultimate effect of stealing from all of us, but particularly the poor, in order to enrich a small group of connected ANC cadres.
The DA will do everything in our power to stop this deal, because the stakes could not be higher, nor the plan more foolish.
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