The “vanquished” Apartheid regime readily decommissioned its weapons to gain credibility and in order for the ANC not to gain access to its very costly and dangerous arsenal. If the present South African government pursues its nuclear programme, it runs the risk of nuclear proliferation. It is also clear that pursuing the nuclear energy option is very expensive and the nature of nuclear is intrinsically undemocratic, being shrouded in secrecy and security because of very real dangers.
In a nutshell, what took place secretly during the apartheid years is being repeated. The only difference is, that at present South Africa doesn’t need a nuclear deterrent, as the Apartheid regime thought it did, threatened as it perceived it was. However, international politics is in constant flux and “tomorrow” it might be in this country’s interests to have a nuclear capability.
É evidente que a escolha da opção para energia nuclear é muito cara e a natureza da energia nuclear é intrinsecamente antidemocrática, sendo envolta em segredos e vigilância por causa dos grandes perigos reais.
"Levanta a tampa sobre o mundo fechado do nuclear da África do Sul, revelando segredos e cobiças. Estrada de Urânio é um documentário baseado no livro homônimo do Dr. David Fig.”
- Coalizão Contra a Energia Nuclear (CANE)