Finance Minister Tito Mboweni surprised some unsuspecting economy class passengers recently. The politician headed off to the State of the Nation Address in a more modest style, adamant that he aims to change the norm.
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Tito Mboweni has often been applauded as one of South Africa's more modest ministers, opting for less flash and more cash.
His trip to Cape Town ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address was no exception.
The Finance Minister shared some snaps of his economy class flight, commenting that:
"Step by step, changing behaviour. Flying economy class from Johannesburg to Cape Town."
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While some citizens were impressed at the move away from more luxurious settings, many questioned why the state had been forking over for business class in the first place.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mboweni had called for stricter restrictions for government employees when it came to travel and allowances.
Mboweni detailed how cabinet ministers, official premiers and provincial MECs will be stripped of luxuries, commenting:
“The president has agreed to these money-saving guidelines, which will apply to members of the Cabinet and members of provincial executives. I encourage the leadership in Parliament to think about how they can further contain their compensation and benefits. We are all in this together.”
Take a look at just a few of the reactions below:
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