- Tito Mboweni has responded to an ANC statement calling him to order over his SARB comments
- The Finance Minister condemned being 'criminalised' for expressing an alternate viewpoint
- The ruling party had called out Mboweni, urging him to show more 'discipline' in the view of the public
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has given a vague response to an ANC statement calling him out for his comments on party resolutions.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mboweni had spoken out over the nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank, questioning the wisdom of the ANC's decision.
This prompted ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe to call the minister to order, urging him to show more 'discipline':
“The African National Congress (ANC) is concerned about the public posture taken by Comrade Tito Mboweni in relation to resolutions and policy positions of the ANC, specifically on the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Any public statement by a Leader of the ANC questioning the wisdom of a national conference outside formal structures have the potential to create confusion within and outside the organisation. Unfortunate public spats initiated without any form of provocation feeds into the narrative of ‘lack of policy certainty’."
But Mboweni seems unwilling to let the matter slide, taking to social media to issue his own response:
"Don’t criminalise those who disagree with your viewpoint. Don’t call them ill-disciplined. Positive debate, disagreements, sometimes conflict of ideas, frustrations with your colleagues/comrades, not anger at one another, creates the impetus for forward movement. That is dialectics."
In fact, the minister urged those within the ANC who were set in their ways to change their mindset:
“Throughout political history, those who have no new ideas, hide behind name-calling and refer to those who bring up new ways of thinking, the mindset changers, as ill-disciplined. That is an old Stalinist way of politics. Change your mindset. Politically therapeutic! Move with the times."
Mboweni called on his ANC comrades to become more flexible when it comes to debating party issues:
“There is nothing as reactionary as sticking to outmoded ways of thinking and of doing things! Inertia is what is called in politics. Move, change your thinking when material conditions change. Otherwise, you become a political has-been. ‘Nothing is STABLE except STABILITY’!”
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