- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has had enough of South Africa's "abusive" relationship with Zimbabwe
- Tito Mboweni shared that the "abusive" relationship with Zim has to be stopped
- Social media users have shared mixed reactions to Mboweni's tweet
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has slammed South Africa's "abusive" relationship with neighbouring country Zimbabwe. Mboweni took to Twitter and shared a screenshot of SABC journalist Samkelo Maseko where he quoted ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe. In the tweet, Mantashe is quoted as saying:
"You can't always have a neighbour that is always blackmailing you. This relationship with Zimbabwe (Zanu PF) is always filled with threats and blackmail. I don't like that."
Mboweni took to the micro-blogging app on Monday, 11 January and shared that Mantashe should have expressed that the relationship is abusive.
"In fact ANC Chairperson, @GwedeMantashe1 should have said that the relationship is ABUSIVE! This must be stopped! It must end!"
Mugwadi reportedly wrote on Twitter recently:
"If the ANC and SABC News do not restrain and reign [rein in] Sophie Mokoena whose fake news reporting and tweeting is directed at undermining a neighbouring country and President E.D Mnangagwa for no apparent reason, I will seek permission to leak a bombshell on why the ANC delegation came."
Social media users have shared mixed reactions to Mboweni's tweet and Mugwadi's threat. Check out some of the comments below:
"We have a crisis in Zimbabwe. The persecution of government critics is intensifying and the ANC as a revolutionary party has the capacity and ability to put Mnangagwa in line. The dictator is operating in full force. We need help."
"Whether they drop the bombshell or not, we careless. All we care for is that all Zimbabweans be repatriated back to their country to sort their country's problems. Underline the word 'ALL'."
"Maybe they were negotiating a deal to bring that last batch of the remaining Zimbabweans to South Africa."
"If we continue to allow the Zim elite to come and buy properties in SA, we are complicit to the theft happening in there. One day history will judge us, and let us not be on the wrong side..."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has threatened to embark on a picket or mass protest if the Amathole District Municipality doesn't retract the notice of non-payment it has issued to employees.
Julius Malema's party gave the Eastern Cape municipality seven days to retract the announcement that it won't be able to pay the salaries of its workers, councillors and traditional leaders for four months. The party wants the municipality to continue paying workers despite its financial problems.
The EFF Labour Desk said in a statement:
"It is concerning that even if we are faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, the municipality intends throwing workers under the bus and subject them to a life of hunger and poverty."
According to the SABC, 1 641 municipal employess and 56 councillors and traditional leaders will be affected if the municipality goes ahead with its plan.
"This mediocricity by the Amathole District Municipality also calls for an audit to be made into the financial documents and suspicious conduct of the managers," said the EFF.
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