Stir over Mboweni’s Malema tweet

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Nom­ahlubi Jor­daan

Fi­nance min­is­ter Tito Mboweni has caused a stir on so­cial me­dia af­ter com­ing to the de­fence of Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) leader Julius Malema‚ whose home ad­dress was made pub­lic.

In a tweet on Tues­day evening‚ Mboweni lam­basted the me­dia for mak­ing Malema’s per­sonal de­tails pub­lic‚ de­scrib­ing the EFF head as “my home­boy”.

EWN re­ported on Tues­day that Malema lived in a house in Hyde Park‚ Jo­han­nes­burg‚ owned by con­tro­ver­sial cig­a­rette man­u­fac­turer Adri­ano Maz­zotti‚ who said there was noth­ing un­to­ward about the ar­range­ment.

Au­thor and jour­nal­ist Jac­ques Pauw tweeted full de­tails of the prop­erty in the wake of the re­port.

Pauw later re­moved the tweet‚ say­ing that he had been asked by the South African Na­tional Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum (Sanef) to do so.

“I thought it was jus­ti­fied to post his ad­dress as it is a guarded com­plex with state-of-theart se­cu­rity.

“Sanef said it is wrong to do so. I ac­cept that and deleted the tweet‚” Pauw said on Twit­ter.

Pauw also came un­der fire for post­ing a pic­ture of Malema and Maz­zotti to­gether with his busi­ness part­ners and Malema’s son.

Pauw ar­gued that the pic­ture had al­ready been in the pub­lic do­main.

“That pic­ture was posted some time ago on Face­book by one of the peo­ple that was there,” the tweet read.

Mboweni‚ in his tweet‚ took a swipe at those who had pub­lished Malema’s per­sonal de­tails‚ say­ing the act de­served to be con­demned.

His post has sparked a heated de­bate‚ with peo­ple di­vided on whether he should be mak­ing such re­marks as a min­is­ter.

Sanef trea­surer Adri­aan Bas­son re­sponded to Mboweni’s tweet by telling him that the fo­rum con­demned the pub­li­ca­tion of Malema’s per­sonal de­tails.

Bas­son added: “We would also ap­pre­ci­ate your con­dem­na­tion of the abuse of jour­nal­ists on this plat­form.”

Malema also re­sponded to Mboweni’s post‚ telling him that his chil­dren were safe.

“Thank you gover­nor‚ the kids are safe‚” he said.

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