Nhlanhla Nene’s testimony at the state capture inquiry has become something of a double-edged sword for the former finance minister. While some are hailing him as a hero for standing up to former president Jacob Zuma on, among other things, the nuclear build programme, others are calling him dishonourable after he admitted to a number of meetings with the Gupta family at their Saxonwold home — particularly given his previous denial of such interactions. To make matters worse for Nene, in the wake of his testimony to the commission, the Mail & Guardian and amaBhungane reported that his son, Siyabonga Nene, had asked the Public Investment Corp (PIC) to fund part of a deal to buy a stake in a refinery in Mozambique. Nene on Friday released a statement in which he apologised to South Africans for meeting the Guptas at their residence and not in his office, or at least in public. Over the weekend, he asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties — tendering his resignation...

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