In an unprecedented move, Mboweni asked South Africans what they would do if they were Finance Minister and had to announce the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.
The former South African Reserve Bank Governor will on Wednesday announce the statement – his first major task as the country’s latest Finance Minister.
He took over from Nhanhla Nene, who resigned from the position after he revealed that he had met with the controversial Gupta family on multiple occasions after previously saying he had only met them socially.
Various people responded, from former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to UDM leader Bantu Holomisa – even actor Hlomla Dandala weighed in.
Ordinary citizens also put their two cents in and provided recommendations such as reducing the size of the Cabinet and cutting back on the perks government Minsters receive.
Other popular recommendations were the Vat exemption of sanitary products, privatisation of South African Airways and reducing taxes for people who pay “black tax”.
Here are just a few of what South Africans said they would do if they were Finance Minister.
Let us do something unusual which will annoy the Establishment. If you were Minister of Finance, what would you announce on Wednesday next week. It is time for the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). Over to you. Don’t tell the Establishment about this tweet!!
— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) October 19, 2018
#DearMinisterMboweni. Thanks for being consistently democratic. I’d announce VAT exemption for chicken, it’s eaten more by the poor than many VAT insulated items; reduce perks for ministers,MPs/senior public employees and invest in enterprise-development and inequality reduction
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) October 20, 2018
Cut the size of the cabinet in half. Cut ministers’ salaries. Cut off their non-essential perks. Keep a tighter reign on local government expenditure!!!
— MT (@MTimmal) October 20, 2018
Comrade Tito your question is relevant for next year’s budget given that you will just be reading Nene’s inherited speech. The country would be happy if u can suspend PIC CEO who was protected by Nene. Good luck!
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) October 20, 2018
Remove small business red tape! Make it easier for entrepreneurs to thrive. Reward job-creating, risk-taking SMEs! They’ll rescue SA’s economy.
— ZOLA EAST LENA (@KxngLena) October 20, 2018
Cut all travel costs by making ministers travel normal economy class. Cut the R2m cars and corporate cards, when expenses are paid from your pocket, you think twice.
they must drive ordinary cars and stop having motorcades following them.
— @Kimpossible (@MichellePlaatj) October 20, 2018
Give tax break to those burdened by black tax. Those who are removing their next of kin from queues for government houses, and grants. One working black persons support more than 8 people. If they can prove this, why don’t you give th a tax break?
— Mbofho Stanley Liphadzi (@mbofho9) October 20, 2018