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Testifying before a commission of inquiry into the state capture, South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene revealed that former President, Jacob Zuma and his cabinet approved the nuclear power deal with Russia in 2015.

Nene told the enquiry on Wednesday that his rejection to approve the $100 billion nuclear power deal led to him being booted out as the finance minister by Zuma.

The minister’s testimony has implicated other prominent cabinet ministers including former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, whom he said had a draft letter for him to sign and formalise the deal.

The other cabinet minister also implicated is the then Minister of State Security David Mahlobo as well as International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, whom Nene claims saw him as insubordinate for not signing the letter. Read more: Nuclear reaction to cabinet reshuffle – South Africa

During his time in the office of the presidency, Zuma and his cabinet ministers had repeatedly affirmed South Africans that the programme would be deployed ‘at a scale and pace that the country can afford’.