'It was an error of judgement': Nhlanhla Nene visited the Gupta family eight times

Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene concluding his testimony at the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday, March 14 2019.
Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene concluding his testimony at the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday, March 14 2019.
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Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has admitted that he visited the Gupta family eight times.

Six of these meetings took place while he was deputy minister and two took place when he was minister between 2014 and 2015.  

Nene was testifying at the state capture inquiry on Thursday where he said his visits were an "error of judgement".

Nene initially made the revelation at the commission in 2018, but had not disclosed the exact number of times he met the family.

Nene resigned shortly after his admission on the stand in October 2018 after it emerged that he had lied during a media interview that he had not met the controversial business family.  

"I do think that it was an oversight and an error of judgement on my part...I have always thought that engaging with a person does not immediately constitute any form of impropriety," he said on Thursday.   

"After my appearance, eNCA played a previous interview where I had not disclosed my formal engagement with the Gupta family. I felt the office I occupy should remain beyond reproach.

"I felt that I would rather vacate the position and make life easy for the president."

Nene's testimony is continuing. 

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