Jacob Zuma. Picture: SUPPLIED
Jacob Zuma. Picture: SUPPLIED

Former president Jacob Zuma says a proposed nuclear deal with Russia, which emerged as a factor behind the firing of  two finance ministers and market turmoil during his scandal-hit administration, would have prevented the country’s energy crisis.

The R1-trillion estimated cost of the programme — equivalent to about 60% of government expenditure in the 2018/2019  fiscal year — would not have crippled the economy, he insisted, contradicting experts who said that it was neither necessary nor affordable.

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