ROB ROSE: Why you can’t accuse Mboweni of ‘ill-discipline’
To say finance minister Tito Mboweni was ‘ill-disciplined’ by voicing a dissenting view misconstrues what ‘discipline’ actually means
You’d have thought the ANC would have learnt from state capture, a traumatic era in which the party breathed hardly a peep about the industrial-scale larceny happening over at 3 Saxonwold Drive. Yet when finance minister Tito Mboweni displayed a smidgeon of independence, one of his finer characteristics as finance minister, he came in for a lacerating attack for being "ill-disciplined" from within his own political party. What riled his critics, this time, was Mboweni’s admission that "I didn’t like the continuous ban on alcohol and tobacco but I lost the debate, and therefore I have to toe the line."
He later added that having to obey the collective decision "sometimes feels like swallowing a rock".