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On Tuesday, Deputy President David Mabuza was dismissive of tweets by Tito Mboweni, saying what the finance minister tweets are his own views, not of those of government. This despite the fact that Mboweni is praised by financial markets and lenders, particularly because his credibility was earned through his commitment to monetary discipline and the inflation-targeting framework during his reign as Reserve Bank governor, and also because of his more recent willingness to serve after the economy had been mismanaged by the ANC under Jacob Zuma. Mabuza’s comments have stimulated a debate about the role of the finance minister and his relationship to the governing party, and global and SA lenders in general. Before going on to that discussion, allow me to digress to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Amendment Bill and the reactions of the portfolio committee to the recent letter from Mboweni. In the letter, the finance minister asked the committee to halt its work on the bill, ci...

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