Finance Minister Tito Mboweni took to Twitter to express an opinion that some may consider unexpected – that scrapping Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of Pretoria is a mistake.
“I publicly, and in my personal capacity, DISAGREE, with the phasing out of Afrikaans as one of the mediums of teaching at the University of Pretoria. As a country, you are shooting yourselves down.
You will regret it in 30 years’ time,” he tweeted. Many of Mboweni’s followers did not approve of his opinion, including EFF leader Julius Malema, who tweeted what appeared to be a frustrated response: “But you are becoming too much now, is no longer a joke.” READ MORE: Tuks phasing out Afrikaans as medium of instruction Mboweni and Malema usually enjoy a good relationship both on and off social media.
Earlier this month, the minister complained it had been more than a week since the year started and was yet to receive wishes from the EFF leader, who he described as his “homeboy”, on the new year or his work. The minister calling Malema his homeboy is nothing new – just over a month before that, Mboweni used the term of endearment when speaking out against journalist Jacques Pauw’s sharing of the Johannesburg address where Malema’s wife and children lived.