Feb 7, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘I don’t know what is wrong with us’ — Tito Mboweni takes aim at those not wearing masks

Former Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has expressed concern about people violating Covid-19 regulations as if the pandemic is no longer a threat.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with us. We go to large gatherings, parties, funerals and church services. No masks. Why are we doing these things? People die, relatives, friends. Covid-19 is still here,” he tweeted on Monday.

The former minister said he does not personally attend ANC-NEC meetings and refuses to attend large ones to go to meetings.


Mboweni’s tweets drew a mixed response, with some sharing similar concerns. Others claimed there was nothing wrong with attending gatherings as the state of disaster no longer exists.

Current regulations on Covid-19 require that people attending indoor and outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people participating, are fully vaccinated and in possession of a valid vaccination certificate or a valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 test recognized by the World Health Organization and dated no more than 72 hours before the date of the meeting.

A maximum of 50% of the capacity of the venue may be occupied if these conditions are met.

Here are some of Mboweni’s responses:

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