Yesterday, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba told Parliament that SA would pursue the nuclear build programme at a pace and scale the government could afford. This is in contradiction to what he said during his mid-term budget policy statement in October.
It is estimated the nuclear build programme could cost R1-trillion. Pooven Moodley of the Campaign for a Just Energy Future say they want to meet with Gigaba and Energy Minister David Mahlobo to find out where this money will come from.
We're in a dire state in terms of the economy. So for the president and the minister of energy, within that context, to try and make of why we can afford R1 trillion is illogical.— Pooven Moodley, Campaign for a Just Energy Future
Moodley says they want to open up the space and have a debate in South African on this matter and for Parliament to place its role to invite members of the community to discuss this serious issue.
This is important as this deal will have an implication for generations, according to Moodley.
On pure economic terms. we'd like to engage with the minister of finance and minister of energy to see how is it that we can afford this when there is so many other urgent issues and basic services to deal with.— Pooven Moodley, Campaign for a Just Energy Future
Listen to the full interview below: