The South African Minister in Presidency in person of Jeff Radebe has made it known that South Africa was yet to hold any talks with the Nigerian government on the grounds of the recent fine imposed by the NCC on MTN, and this owes largely to the fact that a Finance Minister was yet to be put in place in Nigeria.
Since the elections which saw (Gen) Muhammadu Buhari emerge as the president of the country, a full cabinet is yet to be enacted and as such, there would be no one with whom the South African finance minister (Nhlanhla Nene) would even hold talks at all.
While not forgetting to assert that there is no bad blood whatsoever between the governments of South Africa and Nigeria, Radebe has said that “Our understanding is that the president of Nigeria is very serious about fighting corruption in his country.”
“He [President Muhammadu Buhari] has not appointed a new Cabinet yet because he wants a new chapter in Nigeria. So this issue does not affect the cordial relations of South Africa and Nigeria,” Radebe added.
Although Radebe has confirmed that the MTN saga has nothing to do with them and is entirely between the brand and the Nigerian government, he is hopeful that an intervention from the South African government might yield some fruits.
Source : My Broadband