- Former cabinet minister Tito Mboweni headed online to express a closely-held view before an avalanche of responses flooded his post
- Mboweni voiced that the ANC fight pre-democracy was not waged against white people but the racially oppressive system of apartheid
- South Africans from all walks of life, including pro-political figures, offered up a mixed bag of reactions to Mboweni's remarks
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JOHANNESBURG - Former Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni has not opened a can of his seemingly favourite offering of Lucky Star pilchards but, instead, a can of worms on Twitter.
In a short but punchy post, the politician decidedly struck a chord with the politically conscious after his statement regarding the African National Congress' (ANC) fight against the racially oppressive apartheid system and not white people.
"We didn't fight against white people. We fought against the apartheid system. To build a non-racial, non-ethnic, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. Basic ANC principles!"
Tito Mboweni claps back at Ace Magashule's post apartheid claims, requests ANC to differentiate between apartheid system and whiteness
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Mboweni's remarks follow the party's suspended member of the top six Ace Magashule's sentiments that the party had forgiven late former apartheid-era president FW de Klerk for his role in apartheid but had not yet excused him.
Briefly News previously reported that de Klerk died at his home in Fresnaye on Thursday, 11 November, after a short battle with cancer. Magashule was speaking at the funeral service of late ANC senior staffer Pule Mlambo at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg, Johannesburg, on Saturday, 15 January.
Polarising views expressed
In the wake of Mboweni's comments, many, including the African Transformation Movement's (ATM) and Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, took a bite at the retired minister for his statement, at times, expressing diverse opinions.
Briefly News takes a look at some of the loudest reactions to the post below.
"Then what was the freedom charter for? Because it is talking a different story. And was Chris Hani aware of this? Because he and many others were fighting for the land and the economy. Not just to share a toilet with the settlers."
"And do pray tell, who created the Apartheid system and racially segregated the country as well as continue to economically marginalize us through Afrikaaner Broedebond and other pro-white policies? Including constitutional laws which are still in place today."
"This statement is not entirely honest and you know it. Try to be honest, your white friends will respect you more. Which struggle song backs up your newfound spin?"
'More interested in cooking than in the Ministery'
Elsewhere, Briefly News previously reported that Chief Economist at Efficient Group Dawie Roodt welcomed the resignation of Mboweni while expressing confidence in the new Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana.
Roodt spoke to Briefly News in an exclusive interview on the back of Godongwana being the latest presidential appointee to oversee a crucial ministerial portfolio in the country.
It comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa made sweeping changes to his cabinet in August last year, ensuring several key positions were filled as the country moved on from the turbulent unrest of one month earlier.
Roodt, while commending Mboweni for his experience and the trust he was able to earn from the financial markets, downplayed the politician's commitment to leading the finance ministry forward.
Source: Briefly News