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Tito Mboweni is a politician wrapped in contradiction. He clearly thrives on the warm affirmation he elicits from his 778,000 Twitter followers. He knows how to accelerate controversy — praising the cleanliness of Rwanda’s streets, contradicting the ANC leadership, toying with dropping Lesotho’s borders.

Despite mastering the craft of the politician, he seems a reluctant leader. Recently, he described being a politician as a "poorly paying, thankless and abusive job". If his modesty is to be believed, he was reluctant to accept the poisoned chalice of finance minister...

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