- Nhlanhla Nene has been reappointed as the Minister of Finance by President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Nene was controversially fired by former president Jacob Zuma in December 2015
- After being fired Nene returned home to Kranskop in KZN and built a comfortable life with his family
President Cyril Ramaphosa completed his much-anticipated cabinet refresh on Monday evening. Ramaphosa cleaned house and decided to bring back some familiar faces.
One of the most popular returning former ministers is Nhlanhla Nene, who was controversially fired as finance minister by former president Jacob Zuma in December 2015. Nene will serve in his former position.
Nene admits being surprised when Zuma relieved him of his duties in 2015, but he took it in stride and returned to his family farm just outside of Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal.
Briefly.co.za discovered that once Nene was released from office, he immediately packed up his belongings from his ministerial homes in Pretoria and Cape Town and shipped them to his farm.
The Nene family, in particular, his children and grandchildren were overjoyed to have 100% of his time for themselves.
Nene says he took to full-time family live like a duck to water. “I’ve been having a wonderful time with my family.”
He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 31-years. While Nene was in office, he and Lisa were forced to spend time apart, she took care of things on the farm and would send him pictures of a cow giving birth.
Nene spent much of his free time working on the three loves of his life: community, church and family and said those three items had made him the man he is.
While spending time at home, Nene did household chores such as cooking, cleaning and even ironing.
He also worked on his fitness (and frustration) with a punching bag, he also has an exercise bike and a set of weights and since leaving office he has lost 15kg.
The Nene family not only live on a farm, but they grow their own cabbage, spinach and mielies. They also have chickens, ducks, pigs and a small herd of cattle on the farm.
Nene says he learned a lot about farming while he was home and found it to be relaxing and therapeutic.
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