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Nene: Something strange about Hawks probe into Gordhan

Nhlanhla Nene has expressed concern over the investigation, saying there may be an ulterior motive driving it.

Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the spat between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks is concerning and makes him wonder if there aren't ulterior motives driving the divisions.

Nene was speaking at the Gordon Institute of Business in Johannesburg last night in a panel discussion about trust in business.

Nene, who was abruptly fired as finance minister December last year, says he is happy in his new role with Thebe Investment Corporation where he serves as a resident advisor.

He also serves on the board at Allan Gray as a non-executive director.

Speaking to Eyewitness News on the side lines, Nene says there's something strange about the manner in which the Hawks are conducting the probe into Gordhan.

"The way at which it's happening because I'd have thought if there was anything, they would have long grabbed him, charged him and deal with the matter expeditiously. But the way it is happening just makes it difficult. I don't know what's going on."

Nene spoke of the importance of active citizenry and trust, saying a society of sheep begets a government of wolves.

He added that he believes democracy is alive and well in South Africa.