Twitter reacts to Tito Mboweni's 'swallowing a rock' rant

06 May 2020 - 09:51 By Unathi Nkanjeni
Twitter was all over minister of finance Tito Mboweni's 'swallowing a rock' comments.
Twitter was all over minister of finance Tito Mboweni's 'swallowing a rock' comments.
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Finance minister Tito Mboweni has opened up about how being in politics at times feels like “swallowing a rock”, suggesting that he may have some regrets about joining government.

On Tuesday, Mboweni went on a Twitter rant about “swallowing a rock” to suit a collective, even when you don't agree on certain matters.

Mboweni's series of tweets came after it was revealed that he does not support the continued ban on cigarette sales.

However, the cabinet has reiterated that the ban will stay in place and the government is prepared to defend the decision in court, saying it has valid reasons for insisting on the ban.

“Not so long ago, I was a free man, no political constraints. Then I agreed, voluntarily to join government,” said Mboweni.

“You have to obey the majority/collective decisions! Sometimes it feels like swallowing a rock!”

Mboweni also described his job in government as “poorly paying, thankless and abusive”.

In what seemed to be a piece of advice to future politicians, Mboweni said: “If you cannot swallow a rock, stay out of politics.”

Reacting to his tweets, many suggested that Mobweni could always resign if he wasn't happy with his job.

Here is a snapshot of what tweeps said.


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