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Mboweni warns about 'dirty political game' in the run-up to elections

Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni PICTURE: SOURCED
Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni PICTURE: SOURCED
Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni has warned that politics is “going to be dirty” in South Africa as the race intensifies to replace President Jacob Zuma.

“Good people’s names will be tarnished! Why? It’s dirty politics‚” he warned in a series of tweets on Sunday – as details emerged of a “raunchy text and e-mail” scandal featuring minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe.

The Sunday Times reported that Radebe‚ the longest serving minister in the cabinet‚ had allegedly solicited nude photographs from a government photographer. In the exchange the minister asks Siyasanga Mbambani‚ 29‚ to “take one down“‚ apparently a request for a photo of her private parts.

She blew the whistle on the minister to bolster a claim that she was being victimised by her bosses at the government communications agency GCIS for being “improperly close” to politicians at the Union Buildings when‚ in fact‚ they were the ones “chasing after” her‚ the newspaper reported.

Radebe and Mbambani began communicating via text messages in 2014 after exchanging telephone numbers.

As seen in the text exchange‚ she appears to be hesitant at first until she eventually sends the 64-year-old minister a photo of her naked breasts.

Mboweni warned politicians about the skeletons in their closets amid lobbying for the top position in the African National Congress (ANC) at the party’s December conference.

Please do not be surprised by dirty political games from now till December. It’s going to be dirty! The stakes are high‚ be careful.

>https://twitter.com/tito–mboweni/status/866327213242802177

Good people’s names will be tarnished! Why? It’s dirty politics. Raw!! That was NOT what Freedom was about. Be careful on social media!

>https://twitter.com/tito–mboweni/status/866327935283855361

Be careful about what you post‚ privately‚ DM‚ SMS‚ or whatever. The battle lines are drawn. And the skeletananyana

>https://twitter.com/tito–mboweni/status/866328782591987712

Privacy will be thrown to the dogs of war! I am out of here till January 2018! Bye.

>https://twitter.com/tito–mboweni/status/866329295148503042

Twitter‚ on the other hand‚ had no pearls of wisdom to impart onto the minister. Instead‚ the hashtag #nudesforjeff started trending.

Phuttym19- Yazi these Ministers don’t respect their families. Grandpa Jeff Radebe why mara? #NudesForJeff‚ C.L.I.T

>https://twitter.com/Phuttym19/status/866205579395698689

Siba Wilson- While we are busy Fighting against the Abuse and killing of Women ANC members are doing this ? #NudesForJeff

>https://twitter.com/SibaWilson/status/866201470890364928

Ngwana wa Tshwenya- Can’t wait for the EFF to roast Jeff Radebe in Parliament #NudesForJeff

>https://twitter.com/HovaXXI/status/866169821096022016

Tumelokethebe- #NudesForJeff I can already hear Zizi Kodwa explaining to Mzansi that C.L.I.T. is “Communication Line Inspection Tool“

>https://twitter.com/tumelokh/status/866225737795338244

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