One of the immediate consequences of Nenegate was the arrival at National Treasury of “Weekend Special” Finance Minister Des van Rooyen and two Special Advisors – one of whom, Treasury’s supposed new “Chief of Staff”, is the son-in-law of ANC leader Jessie Duarte. Apart from their association with President Jacob Zuma, the three person brigade also have links to the crony capitalist Gupta family.
They never got the chance to deploy a strategy which insiders say included the ejection of Treasury’s Top Four, including SA’s Procurement Tzar Kenneth Brown. As Brown is at the apex of a centralised procurement function which controls R500bn a year in annual State spending, his post is critically important in ensuring taxpayers get value for their contributions.
It is a juicy prize for cronies in Zuma’s well documented network of patronage. So we have expected someone like Zuma ally Mzanele “Jimmy” Manyi to launch a campaign to discredit Brown.