EFF not impressed with one member of Mboweni’s team
Nombuso Asanda Dlamini
The appointment of former senior journalist and columnist Ranjeni Munusamy into Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni’s office has caused steer with the EFF giving Mboweni 7 days to fire her.
The news surfaced when Finance Minister Tito Mboweni relished on Twitter about his speech-writing team. Mboweni shared a screenshot of the virtual meeting of his team. However, a steer started when Tweeps noticed that Munusamy was amongst the Minister’s writing team.
Munusamy was amongst the journalists to vouch for Jacob Zuma’s election through her articles. She also managed a social media page called Friends of Zuma in 2007. In 2017 she worked for Tiso Blackstar as an associate editor and had been working for Daily maverick before that. She has also worked for the Sunday Times and is one of the founders of This Day newspaper.
Munusamy’s Journalism career came crashing when she was incriminated by Kobus Roelofse, a senior Hawks officer in the 2019 state capture commission. According to the witnes’s claims , an amount of R143 621.78 was allegedly received by the former journalist. The money was transferred into Wesbank account and was used to settle a vehicle which was registered in Munusamy’s name in 2008.
On Wednesday, the EFF released a statement rejecting Ranjeni’s appointment.
“Ranjeni Munusamy is an ex- journalist, ex- employee of the Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust and the recipient of inexplicable money from the intelligence slush funds,” read the statement.
The party went on to slam the Minister of Finance saying that for him to employ such a discredited and compromised human being to such serious responsibility is not only irresponsible but also reckless, dangerous and outrightly irrational.