While President Jacob Zuma might have told Parliament on Thursday that he had his “reasons” for firing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, he didn’t choose to elaborate on them (or on any other urgent issues of the day). But might a bizarre, anonymous “intelligence” report, released shortly after charges against former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli were withdrawn in July 2015, provide clues to the thinking behind Zuma’s apparently baffling move in shafting Nene? By MARIANNE THAMM.
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