President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday announced the removal of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene from the finance portfolio in Cabinet, making this his sixth reshuffle. Nene has been replaced by David Van Rooyen.
Independent political economist Dr Mzukisi Qobo on Thursday spoke to 702's John Robbie about what this decision means and whether the country should be concerned.
[Nhlanhla Nene] is known as a technocratic minister, who is very effective in a quiet way. There’s absolutely nothing that justifies this shift and no clear strategic rationale that underpins President Zuma's decision.— Dr Mzukisi Qobo, independent political economist
This is a crony appointment and also gives clear indication to Zuma’s mindset to running the state – a patronage system essentially.— Dr Mzukisi Qobo, independent political economist
I don’t think that anyone in the ANC currently has the honesty and courage to tell Zuma that he is an emperor without clothes. I think there is a culture of fear in the ANC and I think that many are tied to Zuma's patronage machinery to say anything contrary to what he says.— Dr Mzukisi Qobo, independent political economist
The sooner we prepare ourselves for the worst, the better for our emotions and sense of realism about what needs to be done.— Dr Mzukisi Qobo, independent political economist
Listen to the conversation below: