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JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says it would've been inappropriate to remain finance minister after his lies about the Gupta meetings came to light.
Nene returned to the state capture inquiry to complete his testimony.
He explained why he resigned.
“After my appearance at the state capture inquiry, eNCA played a previous interview I had given a few years go where I had not disclosed my formal engagements with the Guptas. I felt that the office I occupied should remain beyond reproach and its integrity shouldn't be questioned. I realised I didn't respond honestly... I felt I would rather vacate the position and make things easy for the president and asked the president to release me.”
Earlier, the commission heard Eskom related testimony from former business rescue practitioner of Optimum coal mine, Piers Marsden and former Director General of the Department of Mineral Resources, Dr Thibedi Ramontja.
The inquiry resumes on Friday with former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas on the stand.
The Commission will also hear cross-examination of Jonas by the legal teams of Fana Hlongwane and Duduzane Zuma.