David Maynier, Democratic Alliance MP, asked if Cyril Ramaphosa still holds any confidence in Tito Mboweni or if the finance minister is “just a placeholder until general election.”
Below are some of David Maynier’s quotes on the matter.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘smacked down’ his new Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, yesterday in Parliament.” – David Maynier, Politicsweb, 7 November 2018
“The new finance minister’s big mistake was to express heretical views on how to save zombie state-owned airline, South African Airways. The effect of the ‘smackdown’ was to cast the finance minister as a likable old man, who says what he thinks, but who is on the fringes of power, and who has very little, or no, influence on economic policy.” – David Maynier, The Citizen, 7 November 2018
“The new finance minister appears to have been banished to an investor conference abroad this week and will not be present to debate the revised fiscal framework for 2018/19 today in Parliament.” – David Maynier, Politicsweb, 7 November 2018
“The real question now is whether Tito Mboweni is a ‘lame duck’ finance minister who will serve as a placeholder until the general election and will then be forced back into political exile.” – David Maynier, The Citizen, 7 November 2018
“Which is why I will submit a parliamentary question probing whether President Cyril Ramaphosa still has confidence in his new finance minister, despite his heretical views on how to deal with zombie state-owned enterprises, like South African Airways.” – David Maynier, Politicsweb, 7 November 2018