- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni shared a controversial tweet about the death of a man outside Wits University
- The minister has since deleted the post but Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema had already seen it
- Malema stated that a life was lost and that empathy in a time like this is much needed
After the death of a 35-year-old man was confirmed during the Wits University protests, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni shared a controversial tweet. Mboweni stated that the news of a student who was killed was fake.
In the now-deleted post, Mboweni said that Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande would 'deal with the matter tomorrow'. EFF leader Julius Malema was not at all impressed by Mboweni's tweet, writing:
"Life was lost during the peaceful student's protest, which is not fake news. We know you don't care, but some empathy will be beneficial now, Tito!!!
Below is a screenshot of Mboweni's tweet:
Take a look at Malema's response below:
Below are some of the tweet responses to Malema and Mboweni:
"Mara why ANC and SAPS hate blackness so much? The very same SAPS officers whose children are struggling for varsity entrance. Does uniform rob you of consciousness? Our struggle is the same as yours, yet like apartheid police, you choose to be on the enemy side."
"Comrade Tito you can't behave like an ordinary person. You're a leader of a society and therefore you must be worried if a young person dies whether is a student or not."
"@tito_mboweni and @MbalulaFikile same WhatsApp group as humanity against crime."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that one person was killed during the Wits University protests. The unknown person was allegedly killed in a crossfire after police shot rubber bullets at protesting students. It is unclear whether the man was a student or not.
The students are reportedly protesting against financial exclusion. The university said that if it accepts students who have historical debt, it will become financially unsustainable. It seems as though law enforcement had opened fire with rubber bullets without prior warning.
Reports say that the unknown man suffered a chest wound from a rubber bullet which resulted in his death.
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