Tito Mboweni Rattles ANC as He Calls for Party Unity

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tasked himself to call for unity within the ruling party ANC after a heated weekend that saw the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) hold a meeting as corruption reached new heights due to covid-19 related tender scandals.

The meeting, seen as a power play between members loyal to President Cyril Ramaphosa and former ANC number one, Jacob Zuma, came to the conclusion that members charged with corruption or other crimes should step aside from leadership until their cases are formalized.

And while the focus was on the outcome of the NEC meeting, Tito Mboweni fired a series of tweets, some of which could be interpreted as a direct dig at former president Jacob Zuma, although no names were directly named.

The finance minister said retired members of the party should not try to call the shots from the sidelines, particularly those who were “party of nine years of destruction.”

“And this thing of some amongst us retired ones wanting to dictate from the grave is wrong? Particularly those were part of nine years of destruction!! And they claim to have Intelligence Files! Rubbish!

Zuma, who was president of the country from 2009 until he was recalled from the ANC and eventually resigned from the presidency on Valentine’s day in 2018, is fingered in what is called the ‘lost decade.’

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President Ramaphosa previously stated that the ‘lost decade’ under Zuma’s administration may have cost the country more than R500 billion.

Tito Mboweni wants unity in ANC

The finance minister was recently reprimanded by President Ramaphosa for calling out the Zambian president Edgar Lungu over the firing of the country’s central bank governor.

He called his fellow ANC comrades ‘to order’ and specifically Mzwandile Masina, the party Ekurhuleni regional chairperson and executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni.

EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema responded to Mbowent’s tweet, claiming that Masina ‘did nothing wrong.”

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