A political scenario planner says Russia’s determination to sell a trillion-rand nuclear power plant to South Africa gives it a considerable stake in the ANC leadership contest.
Political scenario planner Jakkie Cilliers says it’s likely Russia will interfere in the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference when it chooses a successor to President Jacob Zuma in three days times.
Cilliers say this could affect his expectation that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will become the new ANC leader and South Africa’s new president.
Speaking at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, Cilliers says Russia’s determination to sell a trillion-rand nuclear power plant to South Africa gives it a considerable stake in the ANC leadership contest.
He says South Africa cannot afford a nuclear power plant now and does not need one until 2040.
Nevertheless, President Jacob Zuma is determined to buy one now.
“And the question must be why. Has money changed hands? What are the reasons for this? Is it a payback for our membership of Brics? Nobody knows.”
Cilliers says Russia has interfered in the vote on Brexit, in European elections and in the Donald Trump election.
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