SACC adds its voice to concerns over Nene’s sacking

Addressing Zuma in an open letter, the council called the president’s move financially irresponsible.

FILE: Nene has since been nominated to head up the African Regional Centre for the Brics bank. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is the latest to voice its concern over Nhlanhla Nene's sacking.

In a shocking move earlier this week, President Jacob Zuma replaced Nene with African National Congress Member of Parliament David van Rooyen.

Addressing Zuma in an open letter, the council called the president's move financially irresponsible.

Secretary General Malusi Mpumlwana said, "We are concerned. There are rumours but the perceptions are there that this whole thing has to do with the SAA and the nuclear deal that the former minister was not supporting."

Earlier today, as opposition parties continued to call for President Zuma to be removed as president of South Africa, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma's decisions are damaging to the country.

Maimane said the president's decision to axe Nhlanhla Nene as the finance minister shows that he doesn't care about citizens.

Nene has since been nominated to head up the African Regional Centre for the Brics bank.

The rand took a tumble against the US dollar and the pound following Zuma's announcement on Wednesday.