- A public online disagreement saw Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, attempt to put Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, in his place
- The two MPs had a spat over e-tolls, which Makhura opposed, while Mboweni claimed they would help build the country’s infrastructure
- This led to Makhura telling Mboweni that he is a “Minister” and “not the president”
Things got heated on Twitter recently between high-up government officials, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni.
The two had it out over the subject of e-tolls, which Makhura told the public he was committed to removing, in his recent State of the Province Address.
Mboweni disagreed with the scrapping of e-tolls and took to social media to vent.
The Minister of Finance told the public that e-tolls would only be affecting middle-class South Africans and those concerned by the impact should be using public transport.
“THE USER MUST PAY,” Mboweni told his followers on Twitter.
The South African Minister of Finance, well-known for his attention-grabbing Tweets, then accused Makhura of being impatient with the e-toll system, which, according to Mboweni, has the potential to help the country’s infrastructure greatly.
As things cooled down between Makhura and Mboweni, Briefly.co.za saw that the Gauteng Premier put the Minister of Finance in his place, by saying:
“Minister @tito_mboweni can continue to tweet as he cooks; he is a Minister, not the President.”
Briefly.co.za saw that many of Mzansi’s social media users were impressed by Makhura’s snappy response to Mboweni, which slammed the Finance Minister’s infamous cooking antics.
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