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ACDP calls for broad-based Parliamentary inquiry into corruption, mismanagement, and lack of accountability in the nuclear industry in South Africa

Last week the African Christian Democratic Party noted the findings in the report by the Public Protector on allegations of maladministration by NECSA which stated that the Public Protector was unable to conclude whether the conduct of the NECSA constituted maladministration.

Commenting further today, ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley said, “The ACDP has previously called on government for an inquiry into NECSA and the nuclear industry in South Africa, and now calls on Parliament and the committees of Energy, Public Enterprises and Labour, to initiate a broad-based inquiry – similar to the Eskom inquiry – into corruption, mismanagement, and lack of accountability in the sector”.

Dudley says, “The ACDP is of the opinion that government’s stated commitment to scrutinising state-owned entities is in question in this regard. Parliament’s role of oversight of the Executive therefore demands that urgent attention be given this matter.

Overlooking the allegations regarding South Africa’s nuclear entities holds untold risks and potentially far-reaching consequences.

The ACDP also notes that the report by the Public Protector will be taken to the High Court for Judicial Review and that the citizen’s nuclear opposition group, the Coalition Against Nuclear Energy, (CANE), have described the report as a travesty of justice, which has let NECSA, the National Nuclear Regulator, the Compensation Fund, and the Department of Labour entirely off the hook.”

Dudley added that, “The report in which the Public Protector stopped short of ensuring justice for former workers in the nuclear industry has been described as incompetent, legally misguided, and biased.  It is important that justice is not only done but is seen to be done and this will necessitate acknowledgement where mismanagement has occurred and taking responsibility in terms of compensation”.

18 June 2018

ACDP calls for inquiry into NECSA

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley, responding to an engineering study prepared for the South African Department of Energy and Eskom, today said that “the ACDP is calling for an inquiry into the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited.”

NECSA is the state-owned public company responsible for undertaking and promoting research and development in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences.

“This study,” Dudley says, “vindicates what many have been saying for decades and has disproved ‘myths’ credited to former Eskom executives about the limits and costs of renewable energy capacity in South Africa.”

The study was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – under the department’s South African-German Energy programme.

The study contains solid research that confirms the South African power system is sufficiently flexible to handle large amounts of variable wind and solar PV generation. In addition combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) and open cycle gas turbines proposed in the Draft IRP 2016 Base Case can be factored in.

“The ACDP is calling on Parliamentary Committees to seriously consider the implications of the study especially in light of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statements in Davos that South Africa cannot afford nuclear expansion.

We call on the Minister to discard the 2008 Nuclear Energy Policy Framework, approved by Cabinet and Gazetted without any adequate public or Parliamentary participation. We further call for a full and dedicated inquiry into the billions of rands that have been spent by Eskom and at NECSA on nuclear development and the role of nuclear in the massive corruption scandals at Eskom and other SOEs – especially NECSA.”

The report states that up to 2030, the operating and emergency reserve will still be sufficient to balance the increased variability of wind and solar PV generation capacities proposed in the draft IRP 2016 Base Case and confirms that large penetration levels of wind and solar PV can be handled by the South African power system from an active power balancing point of view, at moderate additional costs.

Dudley further said that “civil society has long argued for decentralised Renewable Energy (RE), owned and operated at regional or local level as a means of ensuring energy security, providing employment (local jobs) and cutting down on reliance on the failing grid run by a monopoly.

The ACDP urges the department to take note of the recommendations in the report and to ensure the secure and cost-efficient operation of the power system.”

2 February 2018