- Tito Mboweni has likened being in politics to swallowing a rock when it comes to accepting motions you simply don't agree with
- The Finance Minister dubbed political work a 'poorly paying, thankless and abusive job'
- Evidently the strain of the current lockdown and his inability to single-handedly sway regulations have reached a peak
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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has taken to social media to reveal his current contempt for his post.
It seems as if the minister is questioning the wisdom of entering the political arena with him expressing his frustration.
"I have often asked myself the question: What is the art of politics? The Path to Power and how to stay in Power! And lead your People correctly. Corruption free. Why do people want to be in Power, actually? Why? It’s a poorly paying, thankless and abusive job!"
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Mboweni reminisced of the days when he was a 'free man', with no political constraints weighing on him.
"Not so long ago, I was a free man, no political constraints. Then I agreed, voluntarily to join Government. Tjoooo! Free but not free! You have to obey the majority/collective decisions! Sometimes it feels like swallowing a rock!"
The minister warned those considering a career in politics to reconsider if they don't have the ability to concede to the majority rulings.
"So, if you cannot swallow a rock, stay out of politics. Remember that."
While the minister did not indicate what policy had prompted his posts, many felt the financially questionable bans on alcohol and cigarettes had played a role.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ban was costing SARS over R1.5 billion every month that the restrictions are in place.
Citizens met these comments with mixed review, some encouraging Mboweni to keep fighting the good fight, while others thought he should change lanes.
Take a look at just a few of the responses below.
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