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. If you are already a subscriber, please click on the following link to go to the full article: Zuma stands by his Russian nuclear deal If you would like to subscribe to BusinessLIVE to read the full story, please click here.

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