- Tito Mboweni is once again in trouble for comments made on social media, this time with the President himself
- The Finance Minister recently slammed the axing of the Zambian Central Bank Governor
- Ramaphosa has since issued a statement promising that the minister was 'strongly reprimanded' over the incident
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has received a public lashing from President Cyril Ramaphosa. This comes after Mboweni slammed the removal of Zambia's Central Bank Governor by President Edgar Lungu.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Monday, it was promised that the minister had been taken on over his comments:
"The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, has strongly reprimanded the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, following comments made by the Minister on social media regarding the removal of Zambia’s Central Bank Governor by President Edgar Lungu."
Ramaphosa noted Mboweni's promise to 'mobilise' action over the situation if legitimate reasons weren't put forward:
"In one of his tweets, Minister Mboweni is promising to mobilise if not given reasons why the Central Governor has been fired by President Lungu."
The President assured Zambia that the minister's views were not shared by the government:
"President Ramaphosa wishes to assure the government and people of the Republic of Zambia that the unfortunate remarks do not reflect the views of the South African Government and its people. The issue is being addressed to ensure that such an incident does not occur again."
Mboweni seems to have taken his scolding to heart with the offending posts since deleted from social media.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Ramaphosa had condemned corruption in the ANC party in a letter issued to all structures on Sunday.
Ramaphosa noted the mounting allegations with regards to Covid-19 relief funding and insisted that the ANC remains 'Accused No.1' in the matter an attempt to place accountability on the nation's leadership.
The President dubbed the graft connected to crisis funding as an 'unforgivable betrayal' of South Africa and its people.
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