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 Nene's 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 Nene's axing as a move to send him to shanghai as the country's nomination to head the African regional centre of the BRICS bank.
But Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma's 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 it's 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 can't describe it otherwise."
Maimane said Zuma must account for his decision to remove Nene as Finance Minister.
"It's always been obvious that president Zuma fabricated a story. There's 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 ANC's Moloto Mothapo said, "Yes we can indeed confirm that former Minister of Finance has tendered his resignation. His letter doesn't provide specific reasons, so we're 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.