‘Die in’ protest warns of nuclear dangers

Protestors stage a 'die in' to show the dangers of nuclear energy. PHOTO: SDCEA

ANTI-nuclear activists, including some from the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), staged a ‘die in’ outside the Department of Energy offices in Durban’s CBD on Tuesday, 29 September.

SDCEA’s Noluthando Mbeje, Precious Mazibuko and Maggie Mazibuko participated in the event in protest against SA’s plans to invest in nuclear energy.

29 September was specifically selected as the date for the ‘die in’ as it marks exactly 58 years since the almost unknown Kyshtym disaster in what was then the Soviet Union.

Following an incident where radioactive liquid waste near the town of Kyshtym was leaked, resulting in a radioactive cloud that spread nearly 800 square kilometres, many people were afflicted with acute radiation syndrome.

The aim of the ‘die in’ was to highlight this incident and others and show the potential nuclear investment has for producing such incidents within South Africa. The protestors also called for government to invest in renewable energy sources.

Along with SDCEA, organisations like United Against Corruption KZN, Greenpeace Volunteers Durban, 350.org Durban, GeaSphere and Ecodefense joined the cause.

Erin Hanekom

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