GOLDMAN PRIZE AWARDED TO SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN FOR STOPPING MAJOR NUCLEAR DEAL
Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are considered the newest South African heroes after successfully winning a legal battle for their country against Russia. The court challenge which was against the plan of South Africa to buy up to 10 nuclear power stations from Russia, at an estimated cost of R1 trillion was a major setback to Russia’s financial aspirations and influence.
Lekalakala who was the only black woman described this experience as an eye-opening but tough one because it wasn’t easy taking on Jacob Zuma former South African President and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the same time.
In her own words while speaking with The Guardian, Lekalakala said:
We are getting this Golden Prize because we really sacrificed ourselves by putting our names on the line. Others were s**t-scared, but we have been through so much, that we were willing to take the risk.
Makoma Lekalakala, is the director for Earth Life Africa and Liz McDaid the Climate Change Coordinator for the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute were given this award yesterday evening at San Fransisco U.S.