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.