- Tito Mboweni spoke out on Twitter against the publication of the address where Julius Malema's family lives
- Malema replied to Mboweni's tweet and thanked him for his support
- However, Mboweni's defence of Malema sparked divergent opinions
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni defended Julius Malema's family's right to privacy on Twitter yesterday — but ended up dividing Twitter.
In a hard-hitting tweet, Mboweni said:
I find the violation of my homeboy’s @Julius_S_Malema family privacy distasteful, abhorrent, unjournalistic, backward and deserving the full condemnation by SANEF and all democrats.
As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, Malema condemned the publication of his family's home address on Twitter by journalist Jacques Pauw earlier this week.
He said this unnecessarily put his family's safety in jeopardy, and Mboweni clearly agreed with him. Malema later replied to Mboweni's tweet and thanked him.
Mboweni's tweet went viral but sparked divergent opinions. Some tweeps agreed with him that Malema's family's privacy should be respected.
While some commenters agreed with Mboweni, they urged him to also speak out whenever Malema or EFF does something similar.
For others, it was simply a case of what goes around, comes around.
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