Manuel declines NEC nomination
NATIONAL Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has declined nomination to the ANC's national executive committee (NEC).
Yesterday, his spokesman Dumisa Jele said Manuel had declined nomination to give other party members a chance to make a contribution. This may be an indication he might vacate his position in the government.
"Minister Manuel has declined nomination to be a member of the ANC NEC. The minister feels he has been an NEC member for a long time and that others should be given a chance to make their contributions."
Manuel has been a member of the NEC since the party was unbanned in 1990.
Former president Nelson Mandela appointed him deputy minister of trade and industry and in 1996 he was appointed finance minister, a position he held until 2009.