'They're tjatjarag, I'll ask Malema to deal with them'- Mboweni responds to criticism over missed vaccine deadline
Finance minister Tito Mboweni has slammed DA “loud mouths” he accused of spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine, saying he would ask EFF leader Julius Malema to “deal with them.”
The minister was responding to a statement by the DA in which it criticised him and the government for missing the December 15 deadline to pay the deposit towards the COVAX vaccine programme.
“I told these DA chaps they must first inform themselves before opening their loud mouths about things they know nothing about. They are just tjatjarag [talkative]! I will ask Julius Malema to deal with them. We are on track with the vaccine consortium. I don't need the DA's nonsense!," Mboweni tweeted on Friday.
I told these DA chaps that they must first inform themselves before opening their loud mouths about things they know nothing about.They are just tjatjarag! I will ask @Julius_S_Malema to deal with them.We are on track with the vaccine consortium.I don't the need the DA nonsense!— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) December 18, 2020
DA MPs Ghaleb Cachalia and Geordin Hill-Lewis responded to the Mboweni's comments, telling the minister to do his job and stop with the “threats.”
“You’re absent on the job. How is it possible the national treasury still hasn’t issued a letter of guarantee for COVAX? Stop playing around flirting with Malema and just get the letter signed and sent. That’s all,” Hill-Lewis tweeted in response.
Cachalia questioned whether Malema's EFF was an ANC paramilitary wing used to “threaten” MPs who oppose the ruling party.
On Friday, the DA said the SA government, unlike other countries, had done little to secure the vaccine.
“Countless countries are scrambling to acquire the vaccine. Countless countries except one — SA. Securing the vaccine for SA as soon as possible should be the government’s number one priority right now.
“However, SA has missed the deadline for a deposit on the COVAX Facility, not once, but twice. It is unacceptable that the government’s tardiness is jeopardising our access to the vaccine,” said the DA.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday the payment delay was due to administrative and technical processing. He assured the nation the deposit would be paid in the next few days.