- The Economic Freedom Fighters launched a scathing attack on the testimony given by finance minister Nhlanhla Nene at the State Capture Inquiry
- The red berets described Nene as unethical, dishonest and once again called him a crook
- The EFF said it was shocked by Nene’s testimony which it claimed was riddled with lies and inconsistencies
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) continued their long-standing feud with Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Tuesday evening when the party gave a scathing reaction to the testimony Nene gave at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture earlier on Tuesday.
The EFF said it was shocked by Nene’s testimony which it claimed was riddled with blatant lies and obvious inconsistencies. In a statement, the EFF described Nene as unethical dishonest and once again referred to the minister as a crook.
The EFF once again warned that Nene could not be trusted to faithfully execute his duties as finance minister because he had a long history of working for the Guptas and had given over the reins of the Treasury to “unnamed other” persons.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in a shocking reversal of previous public statements, Nene told the commission he had visited the Gupta family at their Saxonwold mansion on four separate occasions. Nene denied these visits had any nefarious goals.
This revelation runs contrary to previous statements from the minister in which he has always maintained that he had only ever been in contact with the Guptas at government functions and events.
On Tuesday, the EFF demanded that Nene resign from office once he completes his testimony at the inquiry or face having his deepest darkest secrets revealed. The EFF claims to have evidence proving Nene actively worked for the Guptas while he was the deputy-finance minister and chairperson of the Public Investment Corporation.
The red berets claim Nene was fired by former president Jacob Zuma in December 2015 because he had stopped taking calls from the Guptas. The added that Nene had played the victim and the country had fallen for the rouse hook-line-and-sinker.
Citizen.co.za reported that the EFF claims to have written a letter to Nene under Parliamentary guidelines in which the party asked Nene to clarify his relationship with the Gupta family. According to the EFF, Nene has never responded to this letter.
Nene told the inquiry that the EFF’s accusations against him were baseless and complete lies. The minister claims to have responded to the EFF’s letter on 12 June 2018.
The EFF angrily reacted to this claim saying it had never received such a letter. The party has since requested a copy of the letter which Nene has yet to provide to the EFF.
During his testimony, Nene said he believed he was fired by Zuma because he refused to approve funding for the nuclear deal which would have benefitted the Gupta business empire.
Nene said he never felt obliged to do the Guptas biding and did not discuss government business with members of the family or their associates.
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