EXCLUSIVE | Nhlanhla Nene didn't fear Jacob Zuma's wrath, says rule of law is SA's saving grace

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Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
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Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, who refused to be pressured into signing off on a R1-trillion nuclear deal with Russia, and then lost his job, says those who attack the rule of law in South Africa do so because they are "on the wrong side" of it.

Four years later, after the fourth State Capture Inquiry report recognised how Nene and his colleagues effectively resisted the attempted "capture" of National Treasury, Nene says time "actually has a healing effect" in helping him to process what he experienced as finance minister under Jacob Zuma's administration.

"It was indeed a difficult time, but I mean I also, to a certain extent, took it as perhaps the time in which we were meant to serve," he says in an exclusive interview with News24.

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