The Department of Energy and the two nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) that took the government to court this week for its alleged nuclear plans have claimed victory in the case, which was postponed sine die (indefinitely) in the High Court in Cape Town. Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute brought an urgent application for the court to order Energy Minister David Mahlobo to abide by its court ruling of April, in which the government was instructed to abide by laid-down processes before embarking on a nuclear procurement programme. They feared that Mahlobo was rushing the finalisation of the Integrated Resource Plan to expedite nuclear procurement. The department said in a statement after the indefinite postponement that the NGOs had no legal basis for lodging the urgent application. "When the department lodged the explanatory affidavit, the applicants realised that their case — which was based on media reports — had no...

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