- It seems as if Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been reeled in by the powers that be
- The minister recently spoke out over Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, calling for her to resign
- This matter, which caused division both in the ANC and other parties, seems to have touched a nerve
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has apparently been silenced after causing quite the stir on social media.
Mboweni revealed that he had received the order to stop stirring the pot ironically in a post to social media:
"I woke up this morning and found this message: “Stop tweeting”. Hayibo! So I have been muzzled. I will await the unbanning order before posting original tweets. But I will retweet, like or post academic or news items. Pity."
In a late-night post, Mboweni had spoken out about a 'spendthrift monarch' while it isn't clear who he is referring to:
"In years gone by, a frugal keeper of the national purse was executed by a ruthless and spendthrift monarch! I am the frugal keeper! Hang me if you so wish! I will stand my ground!"
But more than likely his earlier comment on Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was what earned him a time-out.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mboweni had called for Mkhwebane to 'fall on her sword' in reaction to her recent court failure:
"In a democracy like ours, the PP should fall on her sword. Game over!"
While the ANC is probably relieved that the report implicating President Cyril Ramaphosa in having misled Parliament, it was likely Bathabile Dlamini weighing in that caught its attention.
The ANC Women's' League President had taken Mboweni on over his call for Mkhwebane's fall:
"I wonder what this means, should a woman fall on her sword, strong language. How many more women must fall on their sword and who gets excited when women fall on their sword and for how long are women going to fall on their swords? Who is the coach of this club if this is a game?"
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