“[Van Rooyen] told [Fuzile] that there was a statement already drafted and that Treasury did not need to worry. He said he would provide the statement to [Fuzile] later… We did not know what was in the statement… Our expectation was that the minister would work with us, that he would give us his approval to start drafting a statement.”
The rand crashed 2.5% on the British pound and 1.39% on the US dollar after Nene’s removal was announced.
Macanda also described her interaction with Van Rooyen’s advisor, Mohamed Bobat. She said he approached her at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where Van Rooyen was being sworn in on December 10 2015.
“He informed me that he was the adviser to the new minister. He introduced himself. He asked me what my job was and I explained. He then said to me that no statement goes out without his approval. He said every statement must be approved by him and the minister. He was a little aggressive with me. His manner was quite aggressive and almost hostile,” Macanda said.
Bobat’s interaction with Treasury officials has become a key feature at the inquiry. It is believed Bobat and Ian Whitley, who served as Van Rooyen’s chief of staff during his four-day stint as finance minister, had no interaction with Van Rooyen before his appointment.
It is believed the pair were deployed by the Gupta family to help Van Rooyen at Treasury. Macanda’s testimony is continuing.