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The rand was in limbo on Tuesday morning, with markets unsure about the future of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. Nene has offered to quit over the undisclosed meetings he had with the controversial Gupta family, which stands accused of, among other things, wielding undue influence in the awarding of state contracts during the former president Jacob Zuma era. Markets wobbled on Monday, with the rand coming within a hair’s breadth of R15/$ for the first time in three weeks, while government borrowing rates climbed to their highest in 10 months. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is under pressure from opposition parties to let go of Nene, steered clear of the matter on Monday night when he delivered the Desmond Tutu lecture. “The news of this past weekend is now old news and we are actually not closer to any resolution, certainly as far as the man in the street is concerned,” said Standard Bank trader Warrick Butler. “No word yet from the president whether he is going to decline Nene’s o...

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