‘Cry the beloved country’

Mpho Tutu says her father is saddened by recent events in govt but she is pleased the president listened.

FILE: Reverend Mpho Tutu. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Reverend Mpho Tutu says her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is saddened by recent political development involving the Finance Ministry.

South Africa got three Finance Ministers in the space of four days after President Jacob Zuma axed Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with relatively unknown Member Parliament, Des van Rooyen.

He explained later that Nene is a candidate to head the Africa branch of the new Brics Bank.

Zuma announced his decision to replace van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan on Sunday night after the rand nosedived.

Tutu says she is pleased the President has listened to the will of the people.

"Cry the beloved country would not be too far off the mark. It's been quite distressing to see recent developments."