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Johannesburg – The Democratic Alliance said on Thursday Eskom had applied to the National Treasury chief procurement officer (CPO), Schalk Human, for an exemption to be granted from the Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management.

This is the prescribed procurement standard applicable to the nuclear acquisition.

“This is an apparent bid to accelerate the nuclear new build programme.

Rushing through the procurement process is simply unacceptable and the DA will oppose any attempt to do so,” the party said.

It said it would submit parliamentary questions to, among others, obtain confirmation of Eskom’s application for an exemption and to determine the exact nature of the exemption that has been requested.

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“We will also submit an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to gain access to the copies of all the relevant correspondence between Eskom and the CPO with regard to Eskom’s application," the DA said.