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Mboweni sparks reaction on Twitter

The former Reserve Bank governor commented on the Arab Spring on Saturday evening.

FILE:Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Tweets by former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni sparked reaction on Twitter late on Friday evening.

The Limpopo-born AngloGold Ashanti chairperson commented on the Arab Spring and referred to the past uprisings against Marie Antoinette.

Mboweni called on people to keep the faith, saying "we shall overcome".

"The Arab Spring happened because people rose up against people like Marie Antoinette. Let them eat cake! My foot!! People want bread!" he said.

The Arab Spring is a media term describing the revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations in the Middle East.

Protests began on 18 December 2010.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Sun noted that after opening his Twitter account and embracing his right to free speech by commenting on various issues, some of his posts may have cut a bit too close to the bone.

After seemingly being reprimanded, Mboweni posted a tweet to explain.

"My friends. My image managers are saying that I must not tweet anymore without their permission. Wow!! The Gestapo [secret police of Nazi Germany]!! So long my friends."