Justice and Peace Commission calls for Nene to resign as SA Finance Minister

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The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) issued a statement this morning, Monday, 08 October, calling for SA finance minister to resign his post.  This follows his sworn admission at last week’s public hearings of the State Capture Inquiry where he admitted to having personal dealings with the controversial Gupta family.

Mr Nhlanhla Nene, the South African Minister of Finance addressed the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture last Wednesday, 03 October, testifying to his historic connection with the Guptas.

The SACBC Justice and Peace Commission (J&P) in a press statement issued by Bishop Abel Gabuza, the chairperson of the J&P, has called for the minister to resign saying that “he was a hero yesterday but today that image has been dented” and that he needs “to accompany his apology with a greater sense of accountability, which should include resignation from the public office.”

Nene confessed that he had on several occasions met members of the disgraced family both at their corporate head offices in Midrand and at their family’s Saxonwold home, spanning a four-year period from 2010-2014, while he held public office.

Last Friday, 5 October, he issued a public apology begging the pardon of the SA public having now recognised his wrongdoing.

Over the weekend pressure has mounted and it is believed, according to SA press this morning, that he has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove him as finance minister. He has not tendered his resignation as yet.

The full statement of the SACBC Justice and Peace Commission here.


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