Energy minister says she is willing to open up nuclear debate to the public

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says her department has not decided whether it will appeal a Western Cape High court judgement overriding government's nuclear plans.

READ: High Court rules SA nuclear deal unlawful and unconstitutional

She is however prepared to open the nuclear debate to the public if necessary.

Kubayi briefed Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy on Tuesday.

EWN reporter Lindsay Dentlinger was there.

She was really there today to lay down the law. She said she was going to make things as open and transparent as possible.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

With regard to the ruling, she is meeting with the legal team tomorrow.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

She is quite open to acknowledging if they have made a mistake and not followed due process. She says they will own up to that and fix it. They haven't quite decided whether they will appeal the judgement but she hasn't ruled out going to court to seek a clarity order....

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

Kubayi has rubbished reports that government is planning to spend R1 trillion on nuclear procurement.

She was clear in terms of saying her role in the nuclear process is was about process and policy and sticking to the law, she wanted nothing to do with procurement.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

She says she wants everything in her department to be reviewed, to go through it and understand what governments intentions were behind all these projects and what the outcomes would be.

Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter

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