Mboweni shuts down journalist on strategic economic plan

A journalist from 'The Daily Maverick' asked if Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was receiving enough support for his strategic economic plan.

FILE: Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni pulled the ‘respect your elders’ card when he refused to answer a question from a journalist on his strategic economic plan at a briefing ahead of the World Economic Forum in Africa.

On Monday, a journalist from The Daily Maverick asked if Mboweni was receiving enough support for his plan which looked at possible structural reforms to boost economic growth by up to three percentage points and to create a million jobs in 10 years.

The proposal was labelled by former Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla as a plan that failed to talk to the country's triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

At the briefing, Mboweni was receiving support from relevant stakeholders, the Finance Minister responded and said: “There is a time a place for that… you should respect older people.”

Mboweni further said the journalist was being unkind.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has called for the withdrawal of the paper.