Tito Mboweni blasted on social media for claiming SA is too 'Africanist'
'Detached from reality', or 'on point' - you decide
Finance minister Tito Mboweni has once again found himself at the centre of a social media storm after suggesting that SA had become too "Africanist" and had lost its battle with nonracialism.
In a candid interview on Power FM on Sunday evening, Mboweni said that some appointments in government were "not broad enough to represent what we call a democratic nonracial, nonsexist society".
"From time to time, I've had a feeling that we have become too narrow Africanist. Most of the appointments that we make in the public service, for example, are very Africanist," he added.
He went on to claim that the ANC had not overcome the apartheid National Party the way it had wished.
"Our forces did not defeat the apartheid system. We did not walk into Pretoria in a manner we thought we would. We thought we would walk into Pretoria and take everything; defeat the National Party government, take over and implement our policies the way we wanted to. The fact of the matter is that we had to negotiate a settlement," he said.
His comments sparked debate on social media. Some criticised the minister for being "detached from reality".
We are in trouble in South Africa:@CyrilRamaphosa, "We are going to defeat/overcome #EskomLoadshedding just like we did with apartheid".— Mthetheleli🇿🇦 (@Nxuba_Rhudulu) March 25, 2019
Finance minister @tito_mboweni, "Whoah!! Stop right there. That's not accurate, we didn't defeat apartheid".#Loadshedding #2019Elections pic.twitter.com/DZREBqMj8R
Heard clips from Tito Mboweni's Power FM appearance. That man really shouldn't be anywhere near government— Thabang Tsebe (@walker8701) March 25, 2019
Others, however, thought the minister was correct in his assessment.
@tito_mboweni is right. We are too focused on Africanism that we fail to learn from other societies that are miles ahead of us. Even Anglo Saxonshad to ditch their animist ways and embrace what the Romans brought, hence the British became the next world power.— Joseph Lerubako (@lerubako) March 25, 2019
wow.the ANC was so silent about this for the past 25 years and they thought apartheid is gone,no ways we still living under ANC apartheid .Thank you Tito Mboweni,for reminding us .— South African Public (@SAPublic10111) March 25, 2019