- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has clarified a recent social media post
- Mboweni recently called for ministers to 'retire gracefully' instead of running the risk of being booted
- The minister had to clear up confusion over he had been referencing himself with the comment
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had to shed some light on a social media post casting shade on some ministers.
Briefly.co.za reported that the politician had encouraged the top dogs to retire gracefully before being removed:
"Politics and Longevity. Political history shows that overstaying your time in office is bad. Unlike royalty, you may be ejected from State House in an undignified manner. It is good to retire gracefully."
While some debated whether this was a jab against the likes of Pravin Gordhan or Gwede Mantashe, others assumed that Mboweni may be hinting at his own retirement.
But SABC journalist Samkele Maseko had probed the minister for answers during an engagement on the sidelines of the ANC's NEC meeting.
Mboweni assured both Maseko and the nation that he definitely had no plans of calling it quits:
"Resigning from where? No, no, no. I was referring to heads of state who have overstayed their welcome. I'm not a head of state."
The finance head had recently ired the ANC by challenging a party resolution to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank.
The minister insisted there was no logic to undertaking the endeavor when 90% of the SARB's revenue already makes its way to the state coffers.
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