Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's top 3 controversial Twitter moments

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's top 3 controversial Twitter moments

- Tito Mboweni's Tweets have frequently caused a buzz online

- The finance minister is know for sharing his views on all kinds of topic on social media

- They have not always gone down well with Mzansi, however

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Tito Mboweni's budget speech is less than an hour away, but it will not be the first time that the finance minister grabbed Mzansi's attention with his words.

Mboweni is an outspoken Tweeter, and his posts have often caused a stir - both for better and for worse.

Here are Tito Mboweni's top three controversial Twitter moments.

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Mboweni's Twitter friendship with Julius Malema

Mboweni divided social media in December last year when he came to Julius Malema's defence after the EFF leader's home address was leaked online.

Mboweni defended Malema's privacy, and even called Juju his "homeboy".

Some ANC supporters were unhappy to see the finance minister being so chummy with the opposition figure, but Malema thanked Mboweni for the support.

"Thank you governor, the kids are safe," he Tweeted in response.

Mboweni defends Afrikaans as medium of instruction

Mboweni is no stranger to Twitter outrage, but none of his tweets received as much flak as his comment that Afrikaans should not be phased out as a teaching language at the University of Pretoria. 

Some accused the finance minister of not supporting the use of other indigenous South African languages in education. His tweet earned tons of replies, with some even going as far as to accuse Mboweni of being anti-black.

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Mboweni claims Kigali is cleaner than Johannesburg

Tito Mboweni paid a visit to Rwanda earlier in the year, and was so impressed by Kigali that he took to Twitter to sing its praises. However, he also slammed the litter and dirtiness in South Africa, claiming that Johannesburg was a "filthy and embarrassing".

Mzansi was not happy with the comment. Hundreds of users attacked Mboweni for his comments, with some viewing it as Mboweni betraying his own nation.

It goes to show that you can get away with saying a lot, but you can't talk down on your hometown - or home country.

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