Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has come out guns blazing against his detractors in the EFF, inviting the party to approach the state capture inquiry with evidence of his alleged wrongdoing.Nene also revealed that EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu sent him a text message after he was appointed in February 2018, trying to influence his decision on whether or not to place the controversial VBS bank under curatorship.
In October, when Nene initially appeared before the commission, the EFF launched a barrage of public statements which included allegations that he had a corrupt relationship with the Gupta family and that his son, Siyabonga Nene, benefited from a R900m funding deal from the Public Investment Corporation while his father sat as its board chair.Nene resigned soon after his appearance when it emerged that he met the Gupta family several times despite telling the public that he had not during a previous media interview.Now Nene is inviting the EFF to come to the commission with proof that he met “dodgy business people” during his tenure as deputy finance minister – where he also chaired the board of the Public Investment Corporation – and subsequently as finance minister.
“I did not promote any funding from the PIC to any companies involving my son,” Nene said on Thursday.“I deny all the allegations. I truly can only describe these reports and social media commentary as baseless and unfounded.
“It might have been an attempt to tarnish my integrity and therefore bring my evidence before this commission into question.“These attacks on the Treasury had started mounting even prior to that.“It is common knowledge that Shivambu’s brother benefited from the VBS matter.
”Nene said Shivambu’s text message was an attempt to “influence my decision” on VBS.