Tito Mboweni lunches with MP B

Tito Mboweni lunches with MP Bongani Bongo – and Tweeps are confused

Former minister Tito Mboweni has more time on his hands these days after asking President Cyril Ramphosa to excuse him from his duties

Tito Mboweni lunches with MP B

Looks like former Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been handling unemployment rather well. Since asking President Cyril Ramaphosa to excuse him from his duties at National Treasury, Mboweni has been wining and dining with other fellow politicians. He has since been replaced by Enoch Godongwana, the chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and head of the ANC’s economic transformation committee.

His latest lunch guest was disgraced ANC MP and former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo, whom he caught up with in Limpopo just recently.

“Spent a beautiful afternoon at Monya’s Restaurant with Adv Bongo in Tzaneen. Great conversation. I have always liked this young comrade,” he captioned a Tweet with several pics of the two of them.

Are Tito Mboweni and Bongani Bongo friends now?

A number of Twitter users were rather surprised that Tito Mboweni and Bongani Bongo were in the same social circles. This is because Bongo was considered to be part of the so-called ‘Radical Economic Transformation’ faction that is allied to former president Jacob Zuma. Not only was Bongo appointed by Zuma in one of his last Cabinet reshuffles, he was also supported by the likes of Carl Niehaus during his Eskom corruption case.

Let’s bring you up to speed: Bongo had been accused of attempting to bribe parliamentary legal adviser, advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara in 2017. At the time, Vanara was the evidence leader of parliament’s inquiry into Eskom. He has since been acquitted of the charges against him.

His legal hurdles are not over though, as he now faces a string of charges in connection with several questionable land deals which were concluded when he was the Mpumalanga human settlement department’s head of legal services.

This past weekend, Mboweni shared a meal with the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) head of policy Gwen Ngwenya and it seems the pair really went all out.