David Mabuza told MPs in Parliament that he does not take Tito Mboweni's proposal to privatise embattled government-owned entities seriously. The deputy president says that the finance minister had represented his own opinions and not the official stance of the state.
During his Question and Answer session in Parliament David Mabuza told members that he doesn't take Finance Minister Tito Mboweni seriously.
According to TimesLIVE, Mboweni's proposal to privatise state-owned entities had been his own personal opinion and not official government policy.
Democratic Alliance member of Parliament, Natasha Mazzone, asked Mabuza if he approved of Mboweni's idea:
"There's no manga manga business … No, I don't think that's the way we should approach this debate, whether there are certain entities that must be privatised, certain SOEs. This debate cannot be approached this way and I don't really take the minister of finance seriously when he's making comments,"
Mabuza was adamant that he would only take the minister seriously when he begins 'articulation government positions' and not 'when he's talking about his views':
"I think we must clear this one, me and you. Whatever the minister of finance said relating to privatisation, which is not the position of government, it's the opinion of the minister."
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Taking a moment to clarify the issue, Mabuza had made it clear that President Cyril Ramaphosa had expressly stated that there is no intention to privatise Eskom or SAA. Mabuza made it clear that those who serve Parliament should work as a collective:
"There's one thing that I've learnt, when you're a minister, when you're in this position, you desist to be an individual. You work within a collective and don't just stand and say whatever you want to say,"
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