The High Court of South Africa made a decision that the deal between the South African Ministry of Energy and Russian state corporation Rosatom on the construction of eight nuclear reactors violates the law.
The agreement “is illegal and must be annulled,” TASS quotes an extract from the statement.
The court made its decision taking into account a large-scale corruption scandal in South Africa. The ruling party African National Congress and opposition parties accuse the government of President Jacob Zuma of embezzlement.
The agreement between Russia and South Africa was signed in 2014. It created a basis for the development of a large-scale South Africa program for the construction of nuclear power plants based on power units with Russian WWER reactors of a total capacity up to 9.6 GW.
“It was assumed that these will be the first nuclear power plants built on the basis of Russian technology on the African continent,” Kommersant notes.