- Tito Mboweni says he is reading the new book about the corruption allegations against Ace Magashule
- The finance minister he was going to make up his own mind about the claims
- However, he criticised the book's title, saying it was not objective
Finance minister Tito Mboweni tweeted that he had bought a copy of Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture and that he would make his own conclusions about the allegations made in it.
Mboweni said he would comment on the book in more detail next week, but complained that he thought the title forced the reader to make certain conclusions right off the bat.
However, several people on Twitter disagreed with Mboweni, saying that it was the contents of the book that mattered, not its title.
The recently-published book has caused a public stir. It makes damning allegations of corruption against Ace Magashule. Among other claims, it alleges that he unlawfully profited from dubious tenders awarded while he was Free State premier.
Magashule has dismissed the claims, however, and has indicated that he may take legal action against the author, Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
While Mboweni said he would read the book before making up his mind, many people online were unhappy with this comment that he felt the book's title was not objective and forced the reader to jump to conclusions.
Several people pointed out that the title was not intended to be objective and that the important factor was the arguments and evidence presented in the book itself.
Others argued that Mboweni's claim did not make sense, as a title cannot force a reader to a conclusion in any case.
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