- Tito Mboweni seems to have attracted some trouble for himself with his anti-Zuma comments.
- The ruling party has criticized the Finance Minister for implying that SA has to recover for 'nine wasted years' under ex-president Jacob Zuma.
- Luthuli House has condemned the Minister's comments, saying they reflected poorly on the party and it's efforts during Zuma's rule
Luthuli House has lambasted Tito Mboweni for his 'nine wasted years' comment, referring to the time Jacob Zuma had been in power.
The Finance Minister had been criticized for saying the country is turning over a new leaf after Zuma's resignation.
According to City Press, Ace Magashule had told Mboweni to 'calm down' and allow for the party to continue its election campaign.
This comes despite President Cyril Ramaphosa making similar comments. An insider has revealed that he has escaped reprimand due to the fact that he was vague:
“There are no issues with Ramaphosa, he was not specific. Tito was out of order,”
The top 6 officials in the party are expected to discuss public infighting, among other things, in a meeting today.
Dakota Legoete, acting ANC national spokesman, said Mboweni's remarks were regrettable, explaining to solely blame Zuma for the state's mistakes was unfair:
“It was nine years of an ANC-led government. It is highly regrettable that a narrative is created that there were nine years that are apportioned to an individual, when, actually, we are a collective in the ANC,”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Jacob Zuma had not taken kindly to the Finance Minister's comments, disproving of a member of the party creating division so close to an election.
Commenting on the matter, Mboweni remained vague, saying only that:
“The ANC has pronounced on this. That is the party line.”
His silence on the matter was unsurprising, especially considering the potency of Zuma's response to his comment's:
“It does not make the ANC look good. If you criticise, indirectly or directly, Zuma’s nine years, you are also criticising the ANC’s nine years. If you want to kill a snake, hit it on the head. If you attack the leader, you are indirectly attacking the ANC,”