NHLANHLA NENE: I’M SORRY! | Daily Sun

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has apologised to South
Africans for meeting the controversial Gupta family between 2009 and 2014.He says in a statement: “I was wrong in meeting the
Guptas at their residence and not in my office or at least a public place. I
say this being mindful of the fact that it is quite common practice, not only
in South Africa but globally, for public office bearers to attend gatherings,
including dinners, at residences of business people, fellow politicians, and
other stakeholders. But context matters. As soon as I became aware of the controversy
swirling around the family’s business dealings, I should, subject to there
being a legitimate reason for doing so, have met Guptas, at my office
accompanied, as is customary, by a Ministry of Finance or National Treasury
official.”On Friday morning, it was reported that a business partner
of Nene’s son had scored millions of rand in a questionable investment by the
Public Investment Corporation in Mozambique. In his statement, Nene called on
anyone with evidence to hand it to the commission of inquiry into state
capture.This is a developing story. More to follow.FULL STATEMENT: Fellow South Africans, as you are aware, I gave testimony to
the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Wednesday, 3 October 2018,
during which I made reference to the visits I made to the premises of the Gupta
family businesses in Midrand as well as their residence in Saxonwold in Johannesburg.
These visits took place during the period from 2010 to 2014, when I was Deputy
Minister and Minister of Finance respectively.Part of my duty as a public office bearer is to meet fellow
South Africans and other stakeholders when they request to do so. However, I
was wrong in meeting the Guptas at their residence and not in my office or at
least a public place. I say this being mindful of the fact that it is quite
common practice, not only in South Africa but globally, for public office
bearers to attend gatherings, including dinners, at residences of business
people, fellow politicians, and other stakeholders. But context matters. As
soon as I became aware of the controversy swirling around the family’s business
dealings, I should, subject to there being a legitimate reason for doing so,
have met Guptas, at my office accompanied, as is customary, by a Ministry of
Finance or National Treasury official.In return for the trust and faith that you have placed on
me, I owe you conduct as a public office bearer that is beyond reproach. But I
am human too, I do make mistakes, including those of poor judgment. However, it
is reasonable of the public to expect public office bearers to own up fully and
timeously to the mistakes they make in the course of carrying out their public
duties. I should also have disclosed early, and fully, the details of these
meetings, in particular those that took place in Saxonwold.I therefore failed to live up to these ideals. These visits
do cast a shadow on my conduct as a public office bearer. I deeply regret these
lapses and beg your forgiveness.On the allegations currently in circulation about me and my
family, I am glad that the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has
undertaken to investigate them. I would encourage anyone who has evidence in
this regard to hand it over to the Commission.As I said on Wednesday, I stand ready to assist the
Commission in its investigation.SOURCE: NEWS24

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