It is Monday, October 26 2015. I’m in the office of Regiments Capital executive Eric Wood for our morning coffee and we’re chatting. Out of the blue, he says: "Mosilo, Jacob Zuma is going to fire the finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene."

It sounds like a bombshell. But in truth, I didn’t think much of it at the time. We didn’t concern ourselves much with ministers, even finance ministers. President Zuma had numerous midnight cabinet reshuffles during his tenure, so I wasn’t overly interested in this one...

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