Nene resigns as MP
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has confirmed Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation as a member of Parliament.
Nene’s resignation is effective October 9, following his resignation as minister of finance last week.
Mthembu who thanked Nene for his service in a statement released on Friday, added: “There are very few people who are able to own up to their error of judgment, comrade Nene is amongst the few.”
ANC Caucus Statement on the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as MP. pic.twitter.com/WZOVZ0oGRC— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) October 19, 2018
Nene resigned following his testimony before the commission of inquiry into state capture chaired by Deputy Judge Raymond Zondo.
In his testimony, Nene revealed he had met with the Gupta family four times between 2010 and 2013, with an additional meeting in 2014. It was during this meeting in 2014, Nene told the commission, that Ajay Gupta attempted to extract information from him.
His testimony contradicted an earlier statement he made in an interview with eNCA’s Siphamandla Goge in 2016 where he denied having “an engagement” with the family.
The Sunday Times reported that Nene had also not disclosed his meetings with the Gupta brothers to President Cyril Ramaphosa when he was re-appointed as finance minister in February this year.
In a letter delivered to the office of the ANC chief whip, Nene said he was “indebted to the ANC and the people of South Africa” and thanked the party for his opportunity to serve the country as an elective representative.
Following his testimony, Nene apologised to the nation and asked to be relieved of his duties. He was replaced by former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni.