Incoming finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said his attempts to resist being sent back to the post he was unceremoniously fired from just over two years ago fell on deaf ears. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that Nene was back at the helm of the National Treasury‚ reversing a controversial decision made by Ramaphosa’s predecessor, Jacob Zuma, in 2015. Nene said on Monday that he was surprised to get the call. "From the onset I knew that the president had made up his mind and it would not change‚" Nene told TimesLIVE. He said he tried to resist‚ but it was very clear that Ramaposa would not take no for an answer. "I tried to resist a little‚ but I knew. He had made up his mind‚" Nene said. After being fired by Zuma‚ Nene went into business. In January‚ he turned down the position of Eskom board chairman. "It is definitely a tall task ahead‚" he said of having to steer SA’s economy through turbulent waters. But‚ Nene conceded‚ he was familiar with the department and w...

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