Following Nene’s exit, the EFF now wants other implicated ministers to follow suit.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have welcomed President Cyril Rmaphosa’s decision to accept Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation as Minister of Finance.
“I have accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation as Minister of Finance. He defended the cause of proper clean governance. It is a measure of his character that he had taken this decision. He made an error of judgement”, Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, 9 October 2018.
The former Governor of the Reserve Bank, Tito Mboweni was then announced as Nene’s replacement.
“I am confident that Mr Mboweni will provide the leadership that is needed now”
The EFF is now calling on Ramaphosa to use the opportunity to get rid of other ministers including Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba.
“These ministers have demonstrated the same disregard for ethical conduct shown by Nene and like Nene, they too have undermined parliament’s accountability mechanisms. Their continued stay in cabinet sends a message that [Ramaphosa] is inconsistent and fails to put the interest of South Africans above those of ANC big shots”, the EFF’s National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
Local media reported earlier this week that Nene had written to Ramaphosa, requesting that he be relieved of his duties in cabinet.
This is after he took to the stand in the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, and admitted to having met the Gupta family on several occasions – this is contrary to what he told news channel eNCA back in 2015.
Ndlozi further called on the new minister to prioritise the interests of South Africans, particularly black people who live in poverty.