Maimane slams Zuma over Nene Brics move

2015-12-11 20:47
DA leader Mmusi Maimane (Photo: DA)

DA leader Mmusi Maimane (Photo: DA)

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Durban – The candidature of Nhlanhla Nene to the Brics bank has absolutely no benefit for the people of South Africa, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Friday.

Maimane was reacting to Zuma’s Friday announcement that the recalling of Nene as finance minister was "occasioned by the need to send nominations to Shanghai, of the head of the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics Bank, to be based in Johannesburg".

Speaking to News24, Maimane said Zuma had sacrificed the people of South Africa for his "friends in the East".

"There is clearly a shift in trading partners, with our country rubbing shoulders with China and the East. What this has done is isolate us from our key trading blocks. This is not a good enough reason. The recalling of minister Nene has had dire consequences on our economy."

Maimane added that Zuma’s appointment of Van Rooyen further showed Zuma’s "lack of consideration for the South African people".

"If he really cared about the people of South Africa, he would not have replaced Nene with a backbencher like Van Rooyen. This has shown his disregard for the people of our country."

Zuma on Wednesday shocked the nation when he recalled Nene as minister of finance. The move saw the rand plummet, and economists and political analysts saying domestic and foreign investment had been compromised.

Critics have called Nene’s replacement, David Van Rooyen, a political puppet with little experience. 

Read more on:    brics  |  nhlanhla ­nene  |  david van rooyen  |  mmusi maimane  |  jacob zuma  |  economy

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