Tweet­ing Tito told to cease and de­sist

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Fi­nance min­is­ter Tito Mboweni, who has taken to Twit­ter to de­clare war on the me­dia, has been ad­vised by the DA to de­sist from the prac­tice.

In much the same way that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­presses his views on Twit­ter, Mboweni took to the so­cial me­dia chan­nel on Wed­nes­day to ob­serve that: “It is fas­ci­nat­ing and shock­ing when one is back to REALPOLITIK from the pri­vate sec­tor! I am ready!!”

Then, in sev­eral tweets start­ing at 10.18pm on Thurs­day, he con­tin­ued, say­ing that “wars start in dif­fer­ent ways. Spears and shields, gun­pow­der, bul­lets and now through me­dia: printed and elec­tronic and then so­cial me­dia!!

Well the SA Ed­i­tors must be Ed­i­tors!! If needs be we will be forced into the fight, WAR!”

“The prob­lem is that there will be COL­LAT­ERAL DAM­AGE.

“Many peo­ple might not know this, I am a prod­uct of the war­rior commanders of the mighty Zulu Army from the north­ern part of KZN eNg­wavuma, we fear noth­ing.

“We die only with spears on our chests NOT our backs. May­ihlome! We face the fire NOT run away from it.

“The time to be gen­tle is OVER. The line has been drawn in the sand. This far and no fur­ther ... ”

Mboweni has promised a live Twit­ter ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion on Mon­day at 11am on the topic of the South African econ­omy.

Com­ment­ing on Mboweni’s Twit­ter “melt­down”, DA fi­nance spokesper­son David Maynier said it was pre­sum­ably re­lated to re­port­ing on the hu­mil­i­at­ing “smack­down” he re­ceived from Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa fol­low­ing his call to close SAA.

Ramaphosa said in par­lia­ment this would not hap­pen.

Maynier said his at­tack on ed­i­tors was a mis­take.

“The fact is that Tito Mboweni needs to get a grip and start act­ing like a fi­nance min­is­ter who is ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with the eco­nomic cri­sis in SA. A good place to start would be for him to stop tweet­ing and start fo­cus­ing on the 9.75-mil­lion peo­ple who do not have jobs.” –

We die only with spears on our chests NOT our backs. We face the fire NOT run away from it Tito Mboweni

FI­NANCE MIN­IS­TER

TITO MBOWENI

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