Zuma signed Russian nuclear deal

President Jacob Zuma personally negotiated with Russian President Vladimir Putin to have Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation build nuclear power stations worth R1-trillion in South Africa, the Mail and Guardian reported.

According to the report, President Zuma had started the process directly with Putin at July’s Brics summit in Brazil and then finalised the details of the nuclear pact during his surprise trip to Moscow last month.

The Mail and Guardian quoted a senior ANC leader and a well-placed ANC MP as its sources.

The ANC members said that President Zuma had instructed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to sign the deal with the Russians at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference in Vienna.

The president told his trusted ministers and MPs of the deal.

The nuclear R1-trillion deal was announced on Monday by both Rosatom and the department of energy. The department though has since said the the deal had not yet been finalised.

Minister Joemat-Pettersson has been summoned to appear before Parliament’s energy portfolio committee.

The Democratic Alliance has called for the details of the deal to be made public in order to try and exploit it politically.