JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday called on Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign from his position as soon as he finishes testifying at the state capture inquiry.
The party made the call ahead of Nene taking the witness stand at the inquiry, led by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, on Wednesday.
"The reason Nene was appointed as minister of finance by a captured Jacob Zuma was because he worked with the Guptas. When he was minister of finance, he stopped taking their calls and tried to work independent of the Guptas," the EFF claimed.
"When he finishes his submission to the state capture inquiry, Nene must immediately step down as Minister of Finance."
Nene was fired by former president Jacob Zuma in December 2015 after he allegedly refused to give Treasury approval for a deal to build a nuclear plant in South Africa, which would have benefitted a Gupta-owned uranium company, and various other deals which would have benefitted the family.