- South Africans were left wondering why Tito Mboweni accepted the role of Finance Minister after he said he wasn't available for it
- Mboweni has been outspoken about the government needing new blood in important posts
- However, the current crisis and upcoming the midterm budget may have swayed Mboweni
South Africa has a new Finance Minister but South Africans are remembering he said he wasn't available for the post.
The South African Government News shared the news of the former Reserve Bank Governor's appointment as the finance minister on social media, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
But until just then, Mboweni seemed to have been finished with serving in such roles.
So why did he take the job then?
Mboweni stated on social media that it was time for new people in government. He added that he had served the country long enough.
According to a report by The Citizen, Mboweni may not have had a choice.
Khaya Sithole, a political analyst, said that the urgency of the need to fill the post may have left Mboweni unable to decline.
The midterm budget is in a few weeks and someone was needed to take charge of this.
Mboweni may still feel that it is time for young blood to take over but for now, the country needs him.
It is not clear whether Mboweni was happy about accepting the role as Finance Minister. He will be working for a much lower salary.
For now, the Finance Ministry has not addressed the media about the appointment.
How do you feel about Mboweni's appointment as Finance Minister? Let us know on our Facebook page and we could be sharing your thoughts and views.
To stay up to date with the latest news, download our news app on Google Play or iTunes today.
Need a chuckle? Check out the silly MTV Video Music Award: Jennifer Lopez And A New Dress and head over to Briefly South Africa's YouTube channel for more awesome videos.