- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is known for sharing almost every thought he has on social media
- Today, Tuesday 16 March, the minister is celebrating his 62nd birthday in style
- In honour of Mboweni's special day, Briefly.co.za compiled a list of the minister's most memorable moments in politics
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is celebrating his 62nd birthday on 16 March 2021. Minister Mboweni is known for his cooking skills and his, sometimes, funny jokes that he shares on Twitter.
Mboweni also tends to make headlines for his controversial views on situations. The minister has said a few things that ruffled a few feathers of the past year or two and uses his social media presence to do so.
Briefly.co.za compiled five memorable moments in Mboweni's time as the finance minister of South Africa.
Alleged corrupt ANC officials
Once again taking to Twitter, Minister Tito said that all those who are found guilty of corruption within the party should be kicked to the curb, adding that the party cannot continue the way it has been.
"Those who loot and steal must be summarily booted out of the ANC. Rats and mice must be uprooted and thrown away. We cannot go on like this. No! Better Fewer But Better,” he wrote in the tweet.
Escalation of fake news
Mboweni responded to countless reports of a suspected tightening of the Covid-19 lockdown. Taking to social media, Mboweni condemned these reports as fake news, commenting that:
"There is an escalation of fake news! This must be nipped in the bud and be punishable! We should wait for official communication to avoid misinformation."
Tito Mboweni and Julius Malema make peace, for now
Mboweni is a favourite on Twitter with all his kitchen escapades and hot takes. This time he took to social media to let South Africans know that he's making peace with Juju.
"Julius Malema called. Good conversation. No issues any more. Spears down now. Let's grow South Africa together," said Mboweni.
Minister slams South Africa's "abusive" relationship with Zimbabwe
"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's tweets have gotten under the skin of many people. Recently, Julius Malema called the minister out. After the death of a 35-year-old man was confirmed during the Wits University protests, 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!!!
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