- Billionaire Johann Rupert has said that he is considering leaving the country
- He says his family is treated poorly here and he is worried about the economy
- Briefly.co.za readers had a lot to say about the businessman's comments
Briefly.co.za recently shared a story about billionaire Johann Rupert saying that he feels increasingly pessimistic about the future of South Africa.
Rupert said that he is disappointed in Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership and that he is worried that the economy will continue to worsen until some kind of major bailout is needed.
On social media, readers were divided in their reactions to Rupert's comments. Some agreed that it made sense of the businessman to leave the country, while others criticised him for not doing enough to help the South African economy.
Kieran Fourie agreed with Rupert's dire predictions for the future, writing, "Take your money out of this country and run."
In contrast, Siphosethu Kufa was among the Facebook users who were critical of Rupert and were happy that he is thinking of leaving the country.
"He must leave," Kufa wrote. "We are not going to beg him to stay."
Others were even more harsh toward Rupert. For example, Bongani Gagasi wrote, "You should have left years ago."
Another user, Godfrey Mashatole, went even further, saying, "[Rupert is] the reason behind the economic debacle yet he's got the audacity to open his mouth. Absurd."
Another user, Senzo Sibani, dismissed Rupert's suggestion that South Africa might be forced to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout.
"So does he has have shares in IMF maybe?" wrote Sibani. "Why this thief is suggesting IMF for us? We have BRICS bank that we can get assistance from."
All in all, there were strong opinions about Rupert on both sides. It speaks to the larger-than-life presence Rupert has developed on the political stage.
Depending on who you ask, he's either a harmless billionaire or the secret controller of the entire economy; a capitalist agent or an EFF co-conspirator.
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