I am disturbed by the lack of distinction in much public comment between former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and delinquent ministers who have been pushed out of cabinet or are still polluting it.
Nene has done very important, good work and doesn’t appear to have contributed to the destruction of any institution. He comes across as having the right intention and attitude in his official duties — doing his best to serve his country. He has the soul of a genuine public servant.
He may or may not have sought family advantage in his previous roles. He avoided telling lies under oath at considerable cost to himself.
This contrasts with the Zumaites in the cabinet, many driven by ego who regard themselves as public masters. They don’t hesitate to lie, even under oath, are concerned mainly with their own progress — and back pockets — have contributed to the destruction of state-owned enterprises and institutions, and take responsibility for nothing.
Unfortunately, Nene had to go and too many of these public masters are still there. Ironic!
Roger Briggs, Edenvale