Nhlanhla Nene has a new job, but its not at Brics
Former Minister Nhlanhla Nene has a new job but it is not the one President Jacob Zuma told the nation about.
In a surprise move in December, President Zuma called a press conference at night where he announced that he has recalled Nene and is replacing him with Des Van Rooyen. A move that has since cost the country’s economy at least R500 billion.
Van Rooyen was replaced with Pravin Gordhan after only four days in office. He was redeployed to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).
Zuma said that Nene would be redeployed in the in the Brics bank which will be focused on funding infrastructure in developing countries. Former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni is one of the African leaders that have received nominations.
In an exclusive interview, Nene revealed that the job he is set for is in the private sector and not at Brics as Zuma announced. He however did not want to reveal further details regarding the job.
“It’s not wise to talk about your future employment before you are employed because you might actually end up not taking that job, some of these things can limit your chances of getting into your new job because you’ve jump the gun and made the announcement,” Nene said.
Nene also poured ice cold water on speculations that he was fired because he did not want to renegotiate the South African Airways (SAA) plane-leasing deal with Airbus.
Follwing his axing, reports of state capture allegedly by the Gupta family surfaced as former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor claimed that he was offered a ministerial position by the family.
The then Nene’s deputy Mcebisi Jonas also called a press conference to reveal that the Guptas offered him Nene’s job while he was still in office.
It also emerged that the appointment of Van Rooyen was influen