- Tito Mboweni has said that people should refer to Cyril Ramaphosa only by his official title
- This drew a mixed response on social media
- Some agreed, while others pointed out that Ramaphosa was a civil servant rather than a king
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni drew a mixed reponse on social media after he said that people should stop referring to President Ramaphosa by his first name.
"Cyril this. Cyril that. Stop it. President Ramaphosa. Get it, media!" Mboweni tweeted.
Mboweni pointed out that citizens in Rwanda referred to their leader only as 'President Kagame'.
Some online expressed agreement with Mboweni, including journalist and academic, Raymond Suttner. Keenan Magiera, a Twitter user, also concurred with Mboweni, saying that use of official titles indicated respect for democratic institutions.
However, many others disagreed.
"It's modern times," wrote one Twitter user, Jenifer Steyn. "Politicians are civil servants, they aren't gods, they aren't better than us. His name is Cyril . This isn't The Game of Thrones."
Another user, Louis Nel, pointed out that referring to politicians exclusively by their titles was a "slippery slope".
"Next thing we will have to call him Supreme Leader," Nel wrote.
Another Twitter account pointed out that the president is "not our king", and that he was elected by the people, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"I know he's your boss but we are citizens, not servants," the account tweeted at Mboweni, according to Times Live.
Nolan Naidoo summed up the feelings of many on social media when he wrote, "We should be less fixated with titles and more obsessed with doing our jobs."
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