Sanef condemns Tito Mboweni’s ‘threats of war’ against editors

The minister posted a range of tweets reprimanding the media.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni briefs the media ahead of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on 24 October 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has strongly condemned Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s social media posts threatening war against editors.

Mboweni posted a range of tweets reprimanding the media.

In one tweet, the minister says that wars start in different ways naming media as the latest catalyst, and if needs be, he will be forced into war against the media.

Sanef’s Mary Papayya says the comments are unacceptable as Mboweni has taken an oath of office to protect and uphold the Constitution that guarantees media freedom.

“We find these kinds of statements very worrying and we believe that the minister has every right to engage with different media houses if he feels aggrieved by what they have written.”