- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni recently shone a spotlight on the SUD restaurant in Soweto
- But this earned him some clapbacks from citizens for two very different reasons
- Some claim that the funds used to open the restaurant had come from questionable sources
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni took to social media to promote a new restaurant that popped up on Vilakazi Street.
Mboweni encouraged citizens to check out the new spot, sharing a picture of the place and adding:
"There is a new restaurant on Vilakazi Street. Check it out next time. Kuthi huu!"
While the minister apparently just thought he was supporting a local restaurant by giving it some time in the spotlight, citizens had plenty to say about his effort.
Numerous comments claimed that the owners were linked to Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema.
Reports had alleged that Malema channelled funds from the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank into a restaurant in Soweto.
The Sunday Times details that in one instance the money was channelled into an account belonging to an upmarket restaurant in Soweto's Vilakazi Street, which is managed by Malema 's cousin, Tsholo Malema. Money also flowed into the Munzhedzi Family Trust and Marimba Investments.
Briefly.co.za gathered that many of the citizens who weighed in on Mboweni's post believed that this was the restaurant in question.
SUD responded to the thread but failed to address any of the accusations contained in it, simply thanking Mboweni for his comments.
Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu have long faced allegations of involvement in the downfall of the bank.
Both have also denied these claims, adamant that they all stemmed from efforts to discredit both them as politicians and the EFF as a party.
But it seems as if the stigma has stuck and South Africans are suspicious of the Red Berets. Take a look at just a few of their comments below:
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