Cosatu is calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. This in response to Mboweni's tweet, proposing a referendum be held to discuss the use of taxpayers money to bail out State-Owned Enterprises. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu is calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.
The federation is upset that he called for a referendum on the use of taxpayer’s money to bail out State-Owned Enterprises on Twitter.
Cosatu says the minister must use the proper channels.
Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said it is clear that Mboweni does not want to be part of the administration and that he doesn't raise his views at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).
“He sits at Nedlac but he keeps quiet, he doesn’t raise these issues at Nedlac because we have never heard his proposal from him at Nedlac. When he’s at Nedlac he doesn’t say the things that he says on Twitter and that then becomes a problem, because a structure like Nedlac is where we want to hear all views...” said Pamla.
“He can leave. He doesn't have to be a Finance Minister. We have people who are capable, who can replace him tomorrow, so if he feels strongly about issues, he doesn't have to be a Finance Minister, we dare him. He can pack his bags and leave,” added Pamla.
Mboweni is set to deliver his Budget Speech next week Wednesday.