NECSA says its chair targeted in ‘surgically executed robbery’

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Cape Town – The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) on Wednesday said its chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm had been targeted in a “surgically executed robbery at his house”. 

In a statement NECSA said the robbery had been referred to police, and did not provide further information.  

NECSA also said that fake Twitter accounts had been created in Kemm’s name.  

“I have no Twitter account at all in my personal name.  Any Tweets that purport to come from me are fake,” said Kemm.

Fin24 could not find any accounts in Kemm’s name apart from one – Kelvin Not Kemm – which labels itself as parody. The account has tweeted 64 times since joining Twitter on November 6. 

Necsa’s CEO of Phumzile Tshelane that the corporation has “direct evidence of the involvement of anti-nuclear business interests”. He did not name who these interests were. 

“It is deplorable that public discourse on the implementation of additional nuclear power for the country is approached in this manner by some organisations and individuals,” he said. 

NECSA is a state-owned enterprise that undertakes and promotes research and development in the fields of nuclear energy and radiation science in South Africa. 

READ: NECSA welcomes environmental permission for new nuclear site

It is also responsible for “processing source material, including uranium enrichment, and co-operating with other institutions, locally and abroad, on nuclear and related matters” according to its website, and runs the Pelindaba nuclear research centre west of Pretoria.

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