- Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni revealed his 'adoptive parents' in the United Kingdom
- In a touching social media post, Mboweni showcased the family home in England and that his 'dad' had passed on
- The post drew a strong reaction and South Africans had a lot to say
Many of the men and women leading South Africa once lived in exile due to their ties with the ANC.
Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni was one of them and he went into exile in Lesotho in 1980.
However, he also spent time in the United Kingdom and was taken in by a kind family.
On Thursday, Mboweni revealed the identities of his 'adoptive parents' in the UK, as he shared a touching tweet:
"Here they are,my “adoptive “ UK “parents”. Peter and Liz Jackson. At our home in Derbyshire, near Sheffield, England countryside. The house is a converted barn. It’s like in Makgobaskloof. Peter has passed on.May his Soul Rest in eternal Peace. Liz was a member of the CPGB 4 years."
The news sparked a strong reaction, with many passing on their condolences to the minister.
However, Briefly.co.za noted that many tweeps were surprised to learn that he was taken in by a British family.
PhistoMshini (@phisto_mshini) said,
"That's why you life is always pleasing whites...while Chris Hani and Steve Biko were fighting against the system you were chilling overseas with whites...dots connected."
Sonto Ndlovu (@sontondlovu) added,
"Oh no! So sad, you can't even go to the funeralLoudly crying face My deepest condolences. May his soul rest in eternal peace."
Ribes_2704 (@Ribes_L) responded,
"Thought you were in exile fighting apartheid, kganthe wena u were adopted."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Tito Mboweni may have to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial assistance.
The effect on the South African economy has been devastating and combined with Moody's recent downgrade, SA is heading for recession.
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