- Nhlanhla Nene's testimony at the Zondo Commission painted the picture of a desperate Zuma trying to get as much done as possible before losing power
- According to Nene, Zuma even used conspiracy theories to try and achieve his desires
- Nene's testimony revealed how little Zuma cared for the well-being of South Africa
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's testimony at the Zondo Commission has opened the door and given South Africa a look at what Jacob Zuma's last days of president looked like.
Nene admitted that he did visit the Guptas. He saw them 6 times, at least. But he did not give in to them or Zuma's pressure.
Despite Zuma denying the existence of state capture and his role in it, Nene's testimony revealed how Zuma tried to milk his situation of power as much as possible before being forced to step down.
Nene testified that he was fired by Zuma because he refused certain projects. These projects probably benefited Zuma and the Guptas.
According to Nene, Zuma used conspiracy theories to deal with those against him. He claimed there were apartheid spies within the Treasury.
The Daily Maverick reported that Nene lived in isolation and fear in the government during Zuma's reign.
Nene said those were against Zuma felt they were watched and listened to all the time and that even pot plants looked suspicious.
When the end of his term loomed closer, Zuma was desperate to get a deal with the Russians signed. He made several changes to his Cabinet in an effort to get a nuclear deal finalised.
Nene testified that the National Treasury was under immense pressure to sign this deal. He was convinced the nuclear deal would not benefit South Africa.
During the last part of his testimony, Nene told of Zuma allowing Myeni to run SEOs for personal gain.
She even went as far as requesting approval for a route that would lose the already struggling SAA even more money.
Nene put a stop that idea before it could realise.
The Finance Minister's testimony showed how little regard Zuma had for the law or the people of his country.
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