South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, confirmed that the country no longer has a nuclear deal with Russia.
This announcement follows Deputy President David Mabuza’s official visit to the Russian Federation in May and the BRICS Summit taking place in Johannesburg this week.
“The submission of that intergovernmental agreement of Russia, US and South Korea was put to test in the High Court in South Africa where the court decided that the submission of those was unconstitutional and unlawful and we are back to square one… which has now been set aside by the court,”said Radebe while speaking to local news eNCA on Sunday.
“The submission of that agreement into Parliament as you know will require a ratification by our Parliament in order to have an agreement to be valid.”
He said despite the fact that Intergovernmental Framework agreements were signed long ago, these agreements could not be followed if invalidated by courts and could not be implemented without being ratified in Parliament.
Minister Radebe also added that the Boston Consulting Group has been appointed to help root out corruption surrounding the Central Energy Fund.
“That situation cannot go forward unattended, so it is one of my priorities in the next few weeks to ensure there is stability in the CEF,” concluded Radebe.
By Daniëlle Kruger
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