- EFF leader Julius Malema and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni have shared several lighthearted exchanges on Twitter
- However, the pair's online friendship has divided social media
- Several users have slammed Mboweni for not criticizing Malema's harsh treatment of journalists
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and EFF leader Julius Malema have shared another lighthearted exchange on Twitter.
Mboweni teased Malema for not wishing him well for the new year and for not taking his side over his controversial Kigali comments. Mboweni had caught flak on Twitter after he said that the Rwandan city's streets were cleaner than Johannesburg's.
"When I need you most homeboy. Missing in action. Say something about Kigali, Rwanda. You were there for pap," tweeted Mboweni.
Malema jokingly agreed that he should have taken the finance minister's side.
"I agree with you wholeheartedly about the cleanliness of Kigali, Rwanda my minister," he posted. Malema also referred to Mboweni as his "homeboy" and wished him well for 2019. Additionally, the EFF leader managed to slide some campaign rhetoric into his recommendations for Mboweni's budget, as well as some subtle references to Jacob Zuma.
"Happy New Year my minister @tito_mboweni, looking forward to a pro-working class budget in February," he tweeted. "I hope your old Cde @PresJGZuma is taking good care of you guys in KZN."
This is not the first time the two have been chummy on social media. In December, Mboweni had come to Malema's defense when details of the EFF leader's property were leaked online. Mboweni claimed this violated Malema's privacy.
However, the pair's online friendship has divided Twitter. One user slammed Mboweni for not criticizing Malema's attacks on journalists.
"No wonder Julius is so full of himself! He has the full support of the finance minister," tweeted another.
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