- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s brown shoes were a talking point once again
- This time, the minister himself cheekily made reference to them as he shared photos while in the township of Nkowankowa
- Social media users praised Mboweni for maintaining his humility and living a simple lifestyle
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s brown shoes have nearly earned legendary status amongst social media users.
A few days ago, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa seemingly jumped on the bandwagon as well, based on his choice of footwear.
On Boxing Day, Mboweni’s shoes became a talking point once again following his own tweet.
Mboweni cheekily referenced his own shoes in his uplifting tweet:
"The shoes walking on the clean streets of NkowaNkowa. As clean as Kigali."
The photos represented what the minister stands for - a basic, down-to-earth approach while connecting with the people.
Briefly.co.za surveyed the reactions and many lauded Mboweni for his humble demeanour and resisting the temptations of a lavish lifestyle.
David Ramatlo (@dave_ramatlo) asked,
"Do you have bodyguards? I ask this coz unlike some ministers, you seem to enjoy meeting people without the men in black rudely pushing taxpayers aside and you're freely moving around, something that minister's don't do."
Critical Discourse (@improve247) shared his admiration for Mboweni:
"Tito is my hero. He's just enjoying himself like a normal outoppie. This is 1st in Africa like in Finland where you can go knock on president's house or see him on his bicycle going to work or spend hours with him in public sonar. Their politics is normal work, like a car wash."
Dzunani dumisani (@dzunani1) made a similar observation:
"But our minister lives easy life for days. No blue lights; no skyscrapers; just his love for Limpopo province and cutting costs."
Cryman (@MphoTshililo) added,
"Best men. Drinking 2l coke. No Moët. No blue light. No bodyguard."
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