South Africa’s ruling party ANC has reportedly been holding cut throat meetings to find a possible replacement for Nhlanhla Nene the current Finance Minister.
Possible candidates identified by the party include; former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas considered to be a frontrunner.
Other names leaked include; Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago and one of his deputies, Daniel Mminele, along with Gauteng provincial finance portfolio head Barbara Creecy, have all been mentioned as possible candidates for the position.
Over the weekend, Nene is said to have clandestinely met with president Ramaphosa to plead for relieving him of his position because of pressure mounting on him to resign.
Nene last week admitted to meeting the controversial Gupta family six times at their home between 2009 and 2014. His revelations were made at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture last week.
Nene released a statement in which he apologised to South Africans for meeting the Guptas.
“I was wrong in meeting the Guptas at their residence and not in my office or at least a public place,” he said.
It is now up to Ramaphosa to make a final decision on Nene’s future.