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Energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has pledged not to bungle the country’s nuclear build programme, or take illegal decisions. Kubayi, the youngest member of President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet at the age of 39, has revealed she was on the verge of quitting politics permanently at the beginning of the year when she was on maternity leave. Kubayi considered quitting at a time when the ANC had taken a beating at the elections and after Thoko Didiza’s failed campaign for the Tshwane mayorship, which she had led in August last year. But Kubayi said her love for the ANC and desire to serve the public had made her stay on. And that loyalty was rewarded when President Jacob Zuma made her a cabinet minister in his controversial reshuffle at the end of March. All eyes are now on Kubayi to see how she will deal with the nuclear build programme, which was handled poorly by her predecessor Tina-Joemat Pettersson whose actions have been declared unlawful and unconstitutional by the High Court. It has b...

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