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Dudu Myeni: I can't appoint, dismiss ministers

The SAA chair says she had nothing to do with the firing of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister in December.

SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni in February 2015. Picture: Gallo Images/Veli Nhlapo.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) Chair Dudu Myeni says she played no role in the firing of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister in December, saying the sacking is above her "job description".

Myeni was at the centre of speculation regarding President Jacob Zuma's controversial move to remove Nene last year.

It was alleged the business woman encouraged Zuma to fire Nene after he disagreed with her over an Airbus deal.

Nene was axed less than a week after he gave Myeni a stern warning that should the board go ahead with the deal without his approval, it would amount to financial misconduct.

Myeni says she has no influence on the appointment of ministers.

"I am not a politician, I don't even know how people get appointed for positions. I really don't believe that certain things that are being spread in the media are factual. I wouldn't have made that contribution as it's not in my job description, the appointment and firing of ministers."

Des van Rooyen initially replaced Nene, but the president received relentless backlash for the sudden move which saw the rand in free fall and investor confidence taking a dip. He later appointed Pravin Gordhan as finance minister.

The president explained Nene's axing as a move to send him to Shanghai as the country's nomination for the head of the African Regional Centre of the Brics bank.

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