Zuma defends replacing Nene with van Rooyen


President Jacob Zuma has reportedly described short-lived Finance Minister David van Rooyen as one of the best qualified to hold the position during his four day stint at the helm of the portfolio last year.

Addressing journalists at the Union Buildings on Monday as part of the inaugural Presidential Press Corps (PPC) meeting, Zuma said he often takes decision as President, but stopped short of providing more info for replacing Nhlanhla Nene with van Rooyen.

“That thing caused such havoc. People think Zuma just woke up one day and took a decision somewhere. They want to take decisions on behalf of the president, at times including some in the media,” Zuma said.

“You may not know why I took that decision, you might get very good reasons why, but if you don't know you speculate on the basis of what you see, when there might be very serious reasons”.

According to the ruling party, van Rooyen holds a diploma in advance business management and municipal governance, certificates in municipal governance, councillor development, municipal finance and economic and public finance, as well as a master’s degree in public development and management.

His shock appointment in December however saw the Rand fell to its lowest level ever against the US Dollar, while a public outcry saw him swapping places with Nene’s predecessor and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Earlier this month, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete confirmed that Nene has resigned as MP after handing in his resignation shortly after being axed.