ANC: We respect the firing of Nene and appointment of an unknown

ANC statement on the appointment of the new Minister of Finance

9 December 2015

The African National Congress notes and respects the decision of President Jacob Zuma to appoint a new Minister of Finance, Comrade Desmond Van Rooyen, to replace the former Minister of Finance, Cde Nhlanhla Nene. The President has exercised his Constitutional prerogative to appoint a new Minister who we believe has what it takes to lead the Ministry.

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Happier times. Former Finance Minister Nhlahla Nene (L) sitting alongside his predecessor Pravin Gordhan (R).

We believe his experience and tenure as the ANC National Assembly Whip for both Finance Portfolio Committee and ANC Caucus’ Economic Transformation Cluster will enable him to provide the necessary leadership in the department. We wish the new Minister well in his responsibilities. The former Minister remains a valuable resource in the organisation and we accordingly commend him for the excellent service he rendered to the department and the people of South Africa.

Statement issued by Zizi Kodwa, ANC national spokesperson