Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties, reports News24.
This follows after Nene’s appearance before the commission of inquiry into state capture last week where he admitted to visiting the Gupta family on numerous occasions between 2009 and 2014.
It is understood that the minister offered to resign during a phone call to the president following public pressure.
According to News24, a senior government official confirmed that the reports were true but refused to divulge any further information.
The EFF, which called the finance minister a “horror story”, said it would only accept his apology if he resigned.
Other senior government officials told News24 that Nene’s decision “was in keeping with his character” and that “it is probably the right thing to do”.