EFF say the Nuclear Build Programme is irrational and that it will do everything in its power to prevent its continuation.
To the party, the Nuclear Build Programme is tantamount to placing at the doorstep of the Gupta criminal syndicate over R1 trillion.
EFF made the remark while it was responding to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented yesterday by the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.
The party indicated that the Minister’s announcement about the continuation of the procurement of nuclear energy is concerning. As announced, the procurement will go ahead under the auspices of Eskom.
The party said it is concerned about the continuation of the Nuclear Build programme because the Gupta led faction, has already received a bribe for the Nuclear Build programme.
“Handing over the Nuclear Build programme to Eskom places it at the doorstep of the Gupta criminal syndicate, which currently controls the leadership of Eskom, particularly its CEO Brian Molefe,” said the party.
They added that another concern about the Nuclear Build programme is its potential to cost the State more than R1 trillion.
“…Judging by the recent past construction of energy infrastructure, this figure might double or triple. This will cause massive fiscal crisis and altogether collapse efforts to build a sustainable fiscal foundation to respond to basic needs of our people.
“The Nuclear Build programme must be abandoned altogether, and the EFF will do everything in its power to prevent the continuation of the Nuclear Build programme because it is irrational,” EFF stated.
The fighters asserted that the MTBPS didn’t propose fundamental and structural changes on the “nature, form and content” of the nation’s budget.
The party believes that the major adjustments made were largely due to “government’s lack of courage” to initiate “thoroughgoing and massive changes”.
EFF said that’s particularly true with the funding of higher education. To them, the MTBPS should have assured students that free education is attainable if funded through the consolidation of a budget framework that prioritizes the funding of higher education.
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