Opposition parties back Nene on his decision to resign
DA leader, Mmusi Maimane says Zuma must account for his decision to remove Nene as Finance Minister.
JOHANNESBURG Opposition parties have backed former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nenes decision to resign as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP).
Yesterday, the ruling party confirmed that Nene tendered his resignation in December, just days after he was sacked from his post but it was only processed by the office of the speaker last month.
A move which saw the rand in freefall and investor confidence taking a dip. The president then changed his mind and reappointed Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister.
Zuma explained Nenes axing as a move to send him to shanghai as the countrys nomination to head the African regional centre of the BRICS bank.
But Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said Zumas announcement to redeploy Nene was a mere fabrication.
We believe that president Zuma must account for that decision. It has had dire consequences for our economy and ultimately its for that reason we believe that there must be a removal of president Zuma.
Congress of the People (Cope)'s Dennis Bloem said Zuma humiliated Nene and said this saw him being relegated to an ordinary position in Parliament.
He faced humiliation, from a Minister of Finance to a backbencher in Parliament. You cant describe it otherwise.
Maimane said Zuma must account for his decision to remove Nene as Finance Minister.
Its always been obvious that president Zuma fabricated a story. Theres absolutely no evidence at this point in time that minister Nene is going to be at the BRICS bank, and therefore, ultimately, it was a decision that president Zuma, under different pressures, took to fire Mr. Nene from the portfolio.
Zuma has received relentless backlash for the sudden move which saw the rand in freefall and investor confidence taking a dip.
The ANCs Moloto Mothapo said, Yes we can indeed confirm that former Minister of Finance has tendered his resignation. His letter doesnt provide specific reasons, so were in a position to provide any.
The unexpected move late last year to replace Nene with David van Rooyen raised concerns and the rand was affected.