'I wouldn't change a thing'

By Drum Digital
20 May 2016

We chatted to former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene at his home about farming, getting fit and that sacking

By Gabisile Ngqobo

Fields and hills roll by as we make our way to Kranskop in rural KwaZulu-Natal to meet the town’s most famous citizen.

Everyone knows his name, everyone knows his house – and that the house has a big swimming pool.

After getting lost, Nhlanhla Nene meets us at the local filling station as arranged, rolling up in his black Mercedes-Benz, casually dressed in a black Hugo Boss shirt and khaki chinos. It’s a far cry from the dark suits and ties he used to wear as finance minister, before his sudden ousting left the economy bleeding.

His wife, Lisa, is in the car too – they’ve just driven back from Durban where she’s undergoing laser treatment for back problems. We follow Nhlanhla’s car to the family homestead, where a neat house is set back across a well-kept lawn and son Siyabonga (31) is washing a car on the paved driveway.

Read more in the 26 May issue of DRUM.

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