- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has taken immense heat after appointing journalist Ranjeni Munusamy to a panel advising him
- The journalist is facing allegations of corruption after claims against her were made at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture
- Now, the Economic Freedom Fighters have rejected her appointment as irresponsible and called for her contract with the minister to be cancelled
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have lashed out at Finance Minister Tito Mboweni after learning that embattled journalist Ranjeni Munusamy has been appointed to a panel advising him on the nation's economic situation.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Red Berets explained that they have rejected Munusamy's appointment in its entirety:
"Ranjeni Munusamy is an ex-journalist, ex-employee of the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust and the recipient of inexplicable money from the intelligence slush funds."
While the party went into great detail as to why Munusamy was not a suitable fit for the post, the EFF spared no blows when it came to Mboweni either:
"For a Minister of Finance to employ such a discredited and compromised human being to such a serious responsibility is not only irresponsible, but it is also reckless, dangerous and outrightly irrational."
Even Treasury was not spared in the scathing statement, with the party continuing to call for Munusamy's immediate removal from the post:
"The EFF is aware that there are so many discredited individuals in the National Treasury, but the appointment of Ranjeni Munusamy is taking it too far. We demand that the Minister of Finance must immediately discontinue any contractual and employment relationship with Ranjeni Munusamy until the thus far solid and believable allegations have been cleared by any reasonable doubt."
In true EFF style, the party gave Minister Mboweni a deadline to act against the journalist, commenting that:
"We give the minister a period of 7 days to discontinue the employment of Ranjeni Munusamy, or we will approach the relevant authorities and institutions to do it on his behalf."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni recently received a plethora of backlash after he shared a picture on his Twitter of the people he would be working with while drafting the South African budget speech.
Among the faces on the screenshot of the virtual meeting is that of Ranjeni Munusamy, the former Tiso Blackstar journalist who has been accused by a Hawks officer Kobus Roelofse of receiving money during an alleged corruption scandal.
Munusamy has not been cleared of any of the allegations and refused to attend the Zondo Commission to defend herself after the allegation about the money she received was made at the commission in 2019.
Her ties with the ANC date back to 2007 when she managed the social media page called Friends of Zuma, a page that defended Jacob Zuma and once claimed that the media were working against the former president.
Despite all of this, Munusamy has found herself appointed in the Ministry of Finance as a community outreach officer. She also forms part of the group of people who will be working on the national budget speech, much to the dismay of unimpressed South Africans.
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