Former president Jacob Zuma is adamant that he had been on the right path, pushing for a nuclear deal with Russia. Zuma feels that the deal would have allowed South Africa to avoid the current electricity crisis which has resulted in severe load-shedding.
Ex-president Jacob Zuma still stands by his bid to introduce nuclear energy to South Africa, which is currently embroiled in an energy crisis thanks to defunct Eskom.
In a recent interview, Zuma lamented his failed attempt to build the nation nuclear power plants. According to Times Select, the former ANC leader claims that Russia would have been 'understanding' if South Africa had not been able to repay the R1 trillion loan.
When President Cyril Ramaphosa had come into power following Zuma's resignation, one of his first moves had been to end talks of deals with Russia, claiming that it had been unaffordable.
His energy minister, Jeff Radebe, has said that nuclear power remains an option as South Africa struggles to stabilise its electricity supply.
Energy experts were not so sold on Zuma's plans, warning that the proposed programme would cost South Africa over R1 trillion.
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Nevertheless, Zuma remains convinced that nuclear energy would have been a cleaner and more reliable form of power:
“We know they (Russia) are trusted people. We know they will never sink us. They will lift us.”
Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene claimed under oath that he was fired because of his reluctance to sign off on the expensive deal back in 2015.
Zuma, who has yet to admit that this had been the cause of cabinet reshuffles, still believes that he had been acting in the best interests of the country when he had relentlessly pushed for the alternative energy programme.
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