S. African minister says he was fired over nuclear deal


By Hassan Isilow

JOHANNESBURG

South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene claimed on Wednesday that he was fired by former President Jacob Zuma in 2015, because he refused to agree to a nuclear deal with Russia.

He said Zuma criticized him during a BRICS meeting in Russia for not finalizing the financial aspects of the proposed nuclear deal with Moscow.

“I told President Zuma I could not sign the letter without having first interrogated the financial and fiscal policy implications and proposed model of funding,” he told a commission of inquiry probing corruption involving the wealthy Indian Gupta family, Zuma and other government officials.

The program to build nine nuclear plants across South Africa would have cost the country more than 1 trillion rands ($69…

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