Nene 'yet to be approached' about Brics Bank position

President Jacob Zuma said Nhlanhla Nene had been earmarked for a Brics Bank job when he fired him.

FILE: Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says he has yet to be approached about taking up a post in the Brics Development Bank, the reason President Jacob Zuma gave for axing him last December.

Responding to questions after delivering the fourth Kader Asmal Human Rights Lecture in Cape Town last night, Nene also said he declined his nomination for the post of Public Protector because he felt he didn't have the skills.

He joined the board of investment firm Allan Gray four months after Zuma replaced him with the little known African National Congress Member of Parliament, Des van Rooyen, whose appointment sent the rand and markets into a nosedive.

Eyewitness News asked Nene whether he'd heard anything more about the Brics Bank job President Zuma said he'd been earmarked for when he fired him.

"The Brics job… I now have three employers, so I would think very hard if I am approached, but I have not been approached."

Nene is a non-executive director at Allan Gray and a resident advisor at Thebe Investment Corporation.

He joked that his third employer was his wife.

"My first employer, Mrs Nene, didn't ask - she just woke me up the next day and said there is a job there, so you can't stay here and say you don't have anything to do."

Nene says the nomination for the post of Public Protector was among a number of job offers he declined.

He says people shouldn't take up jobs they know they can't do.