Johannesburg - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has told the state capture inquiry that he believes he was fired in 2015 because of his refusal to implement certain projects including the nuclear deal.
Nene was giving testimony at the inquiry on Wednesday. He believes he was removed as minister of finance on December 9, 2015, because he refused to release funds for certain projects.
"I believe I was removed from office because of my refusal to toe the line in relation to certain projects. In hindsight, it seems that those projects may have benefited the Gupta family and other close associates," said Nene.
These projects Nene said referred to the nuclear deal, which was punted by former president Jacob Zuma, and the projects within SAA. The SAA deals dealt with the approval of a proposal from the SAA board for the restructure of the reflecting transaction with Airbus in 2015.
When he was fired, he was replaced by then ANC MP backbencher Des van Rooyen, who was later removed after only serving four days as the minister of finance.