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MAMPARA OF THE WEEK

Nh­lanhla Nene

- Gupta family · Iceland · Cyril Ramaphosa · Nhlanhla Nene

From our hero to zero

The na­tion sobbed when he was re­moved as fi­nance min­is­ter in De­cem­ber 2015 and re­placed with a Gupta pup­pet. In Fe­bru­ary this year, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was lauded when he reap­pointed Nh­lanhla Nene as his fi­nance min­is­ter. But it turns out this seem­ingly stand-up guy is not as squeaky clean as he would have us be­lieve. He has been spend­ing a lot of time with the Gup­tas.

On Fri­day, as the lies were catch­ing up with him, Mam­para­nene is­sued a pub­lic apol­ogy, say­ing he too was hu­man and was ca­pa­ble of mak­ing mis­takes.

But no, min­is­ter, there’s a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween a mis­take and a down­right lie re­peated un­til you are caught out. As the lies pile up, we now won­der what other skele­tons are hid­ing in this mampara’s closet.

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