- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement has been met with dim reviews
- However, the Economic Freedom Fighters have taken their disdain to a new level, slamming the minister's 'drivel'
- The party noted Mboweni's speech as 'predictable and underwhelming', questioning the minister's capabilities
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have reacted to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement after he presented it on Wednesday.
In a statement noting the speech, the Red Berets signalled that they are less than impressed with the 'predictable and underwhelming' address:
"The policy statement presented by the Finance Minister, inundated with rightwing ideological drivel disguised as sense and reason, is evident that Tito Mboweni is part of the cabal that is serving local and foreign white monopoly capital."
The party insists that Mboweni is serving the interests of these alleged 'handlers' and not those of the majority of South African citizens:
"The policy statements unashamedly attack workers and the poor people at the interest of profit, advancement of private interest that serves the few and must be rejected. The continuing onslaught on workers income and basic services that majority of the poor rely on is disgraceful and will not stop unless society mobilises intensely for the removal of Tito Mboweni as finance minister and ultimately the incompetent, corrupt and spineless ruling party."
Explaining on their calls for the removal of the finance minister, the EFF gave their dim review of his time in power, commenting that:
"October marks two years since Mboweni was appointed Finance Minister. Since his appointment, Mboweni has not tabled any believable and practical economic policy that has the potential to grow the economy, create jobs, reduce poverty and inequality."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has drawn the ire of the Western Cape government after claiming that Tygerberg hospital still had racially segregated pathways from the apartheid era.
In a statement released by the Western Cape Minister of Health Nomafrench Mbombo, the provincial government has signalled its outrage over the minister's comments:
"I am completely dismayed at the remarks made by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni about Tygerberg hospital in his budget speech in which he claims that wards are racially segregated. This is an outright lie and Minister Mboweni should be made to apologize for misleading the house."
The local government, led by the Democratic Alliance, is adamant that the outrageous claim was aimed to distract from the billions allocated to bail out South African Airways:
"This 'Fake News' has one objective in mind: to detract from the ugly truth that the National Government is going to pour another R10.5 billion into the bailout of SAA. This multi-billion flight of fancy will undermine the jobs, safety and wellbeing of millions of South Africans, and the Western Cape Government will have to help pick up the tab."
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