PARLIAMENT - Deputy President David Mabuza on Tuesday criticised Finance Minister Tito Mboweni for expressing his own views on privatisation in public, notably on Twitter.
"Leave us alone, don't bring us into your Twitter," Mabuza chuckled after telling the National Assembly that he believed Mboweni was confusing public opinion.
"You desist from talking as a minister, as a deputy president. You don't have that space of talking as an individual. Once you stand up, you might confuse the public," he said in response to an opposition question about the finance minister's views on privatising failing state entities.
"I will take him seriously when he is articulating [the] government position ... but articulating his views, when he is on Twitter, I am not going to entertain a tweet by the minister."
Mboweni in his February budget speech allocated a bailout of R6.2 billion to South African Airways but is on record as saying it were up to him, he would shut down the loss-making national carrier.