• Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Nhlanhla Nene: South Africa’s Zuma Fired Me for Blocking Russian Nuclear Power Deal

South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene (Photo: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene told a judicial corruption inquiry on Wednesday (3) that he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve a £76.69 billion nuclear power deal with Russia in 2015. Nene is the highest profile figure to give evidence at a probe into alleged influence-peddling by the Gupta family, friends of Zuma, who are accused of using their relationship with the former leader to unduly win state contracts. Zuma has repeatedly denied accusations by his opponents that he pushed for a deal with President Vladimir Putin at a BRICS summit for Russia to build a…

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