- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and his family joined citizens in lighting a candle on New Year's Eve
- The moment, explained the Minister, was to remember those who had passed away amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- Mboweni had earlier revealed that his family had suffered personal losses during the crisis
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni joined President Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the nation in paying tribute to those who passed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking to social media, Mboweni shared photos of himself and his 'crew', commenting that:
"As requested by our President, my crew and I lit our candles in remembrance of all who have succumbed to COVID-19 and other illnesses, but also who passed away from one cause or the other. Thanks to our Frontline workers as well. Viva!"
While this was undeniably a personal and touching moment, many of the comments were far from flattering.
Take a look at just a few reactions below:
@TikTok45393534: "Where is money for candles? We don't even have money for food because the Covid UIF is no longer available! Us in the Restaurant industry are all on short time! Nice to live of the taxpayer's money."
@RefiloeNthoba2: "You should be sleeping."
@WyniesF: "When can we all light a candle for the corrupt officials going to prison?"
@Hlaha8610241: "We're too sober to light them candles, sir. Happy New Year."
@t_mak84: "This candle lighting it doesn’t make sense to other people because they light it on every night dololo electricity."
@NLimekhaya: "What are you doing up this time when your minister stated that you should be in bed by 21:00?"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had reached out to remind SA of the risk amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
While many are gearing up to celebrate the festive season, Mboweni's family is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Taking to social media, the Minister said that the virus had hit home for his family commenting that:
"When Covid-19 comes home, it is not a far away thing. So one of my nephews succumbed to this virus this morning. It is a terrible thing. Young fellow. Please let us look after one another."
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