for subscribers

Meet Ian Whitley: Duarte son-in-law, Gupta ally, jobless to FinMin adviser

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!

By Alec Hogg

Picture this. You’ve spent 17 years in senior positions at the National Treasury, reporting to people whose integrity the world respects – Trevor Manuel, Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene. Then one day your boss is fired, replaced by a person whose profile is so low nobody knows his real name. Next, your new boss arrives with two “advisers” whose qualifications wouldn’t have gotten them an interview at Treasury, much leapfrogged into a post above you.

That’s what respected Treasury Director General Lungisa Fuzile experienced in early December. No wonder he threatened to resign over what his team call “9/12” in reference to the US crisis of 9/11. Courtesy of Africa Confidential, we published the names of the two advisers yesterday. One of them is Ian Whitley.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
ZAR/USD
17.63
(-0.04)
ZAR/GBP
23.01
(-0.05)
ZAR/EUR
20.79
(-0.01)
ZAR/AUD
12.62
(-0.03)
ZAR/JPY
0.17
(-0.01)
Gold
2034.21
(+0.05)
Silver
28.28
(+0.09)
Platinum
961.50
(+0.38)
Brent Crude
44.55
(-1.53)
Palladium
2166.01
(+0.63)
All Share
56757.73
(-1.56)
Top 40
52435.65
(-1.72)
Financial 15
9897.96
(+0.10)
Industrial 25
74671.49
(-1.98)
Resource 10
58948.78
(-1.89)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Do you think it was a good idea for the government to approach the IMF for a $4.3 billion loan to fight Covid-19?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes. We need the money.
11% - 933 votes
It depends on how the funds are used.
74% - 6253 votes
No. We should have gotten the loan elsewhere.
15% - 1285 votes
Vote