Zuma doesn't have to explain Nene's axing to anyone - Maine

Collen Maine (ANCYL)
Collen Maine (ANCYL)

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma does not need to explain to anyone why he axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, ANC Youth League president Collen Maine said on Friday.

"The president exercised his authority, so he does not need to tell anybody [why he did it]," he told News24.

"He [Zuma] does not explain to the country when he appoints and Mr Nene must know that and his supporters, that the ANC does not owe anybody anything."

Zuma announced, through a statement late on Wednesday, that he was replacing Nene with ANC MP David Des van Rooyen.

There has been no explanation why Nene was removed.

Zuma said Nene would be redeployed to a "strategic" position, yet to be announced.

Maine said the ANCYL supported Zuma's decision to remove Nene.

"In the movement all of us when we are deployed we know as a matter of fact that we can be recalled at any time.

"Thabo Mbeki was recalled as president. So nobody is immune from being reshuffled in the ANC. It's not about an individual, it's about implementation of the policies of the ANC," he said.

Maine said Zuma had exercised his authority and did not have to explain to anyone why he made the decision.

On Van Rooyen, Maine said the new minister's appointment was long-overdue.

He called Van Rooyen a tried and tested cadre of the movement.

"He's got the necessary expertise. The president has chosen the best amongst all of us as cadres of the ANC... to make sure of the implementation of ANC policies.

"You can trace him in the movement [the ANC], he's traceable, unlike others," Maine said.

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