Nhlanhla Nene resigns as MP
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says ‘Comrade Nene is amongst the few’ who are able to own up to their error of judgment
Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has resigned as an MP‚ 10 days after stepping down as minister.
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Friday that his office had received Nene’s resignation letter. Nene’s resignation would be effective from the October 9‚ the day he resigned as minister‚ Mthembu said.
“There are very few people who are able to own up to their error of judgment. Comrade Nene is amongst the few‚” Mthembu said.
He further thanked Nene for his service to the ANC and to SA.
Nene stepped down following a public outcry and widespread rejection for a public apology for previously undisclosed meetings with the Guptas at their Saxonwold home and their business premises in Midrand from 2010 to 2014.
Nene previously said he had not had any meetings with the Guptas‚ but told the Zondo commission of inquiry investigating state capture that he had several meetings with them when he served as deputy minister and‚ later‚ as finance minister.
Sunday Times reported that when Nene was reappointed to the cabinet in February 2018‚ he did not disclose to President Cyril Ramaphosa that he had had seven meetings with the Guptas during his previous cabinet stint.
Nene submitted his resignation to Ramaphosa subsequent to the public outcry over his credibility.
“I take this opportunity to thank you for the working relationship we have had during my tenure as a member of parliament. I am also indebted to the ANC and the people of SA for having given me the opportunity to serve our country in my capacity as an elected representative‚” Nene said in his resignation letter to the ANC chief whip.
Mthembu further congratulated newly appointed finance minister Tito Mboweni and said he looked forward to him delivering the medium-term budget policy statement in parliament on Wednesday.