Should Nene go? Here's what SA's political heavyweights have to say
President Cyril Ramaphosa has yet to respond to mounting calls to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.
Nene admitted to meeting the controversial Gupta family at their Saxonwold residence at the state capture commission of inquiry last week.
Questions have also been raised about a PIC deal involving Nene's son, while he was chairman of the PIC.
Nene apologised on Friday for his previously undisclosed meetings with Guptas, but it seems many South Africans are divided on what his future should be.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that Nene approached Ramaphosa at the weekend asking to be relieved of his duties.
Here's what South Africa's political figures have been saying about #Nene on Twitter:
The DA's Phumzile Van Damme says firing Nene will set a precedent for other Cabinet members to be sacked too.
If Ramaphosa fires Nene for meeting with the Guptas & his conflict of interest regarding his son, he has an obligation to do so for every single Minister and MP who are similar or worse regarding Gupta relations. That would leave a Cabinet & seats in Parliament hollowed out.— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) October 8, 2018
It looks like going to the streets to have this guy removed is unavoidable. 🤔— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) October 7, 2018
FACT NUMBER 1: Amir Mirza, the business partner of Siyabonga Nene (Nhlanhla Nene’s son) is an Indian Citizen. Mirza and Nene were paid US$3.3 Million by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) for a failed deal in Mozambique and this was during Nene’s Chairmanship of the Board.— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) October 8, 2018
Public intellectual and activist Prof Jonathan Jansen says Nene should be given a second chance.
He eventually acknowledged he met the Guptas. He asked the public for forgiveness. He refused to sign away our future with the nuclear deal. A politician who is also human. I say refuse Nene’s resignation. I would trust him.— Jonathan Jansen (@JJ_Stellies) October 8, 2018
BLF president Andile Mngxitama says it's only matter of time before he gets shown the door.
Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie suggests that firing Nene may be a liability for the ANC.
Nene knows 2 much, he can’t just be fired without warning and cushy assurances. He has worked very hard for WMC, he can cause serious damage and spill plans 2 privatize SA.— Gayton McKenzie (@G_XCON) October 8, 2018
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