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Former South African Finance Minister Stands with Zimbabwean Protesters Amid Political Shake-Up

Tito Mboweni, the ex-South African Finance Minister, has shown his support for Zimbabwean opposition party supporters who are rallying against the recent actions of Sengezo Tshabangu.

Tshabangu, who recently replaced Nelson Chamisa, the founder of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) and the key opposition leader in Zimbabwe, has appointed Tendai Biti as his successor. Tshabangu has also appealed to Zimbabwe’s President to consider granting amnesty to Job Sikala, should he be convicted, as he has named him Interim Deputy to Biti.

Many Zimbabweans believe that Tshabangu may be influenced by Zanu-PF to weaken the CCC, the opposition party. Consequently, there have been protests against Tshabangu’s decision to recall Nelson Chamisa, resulting in the CCC being ejected from Parliament by Zanu-PF police. This action has left CCC leaderless following Chamisa’s removal.

Tito Mboweni, who served as South Africa’s Finance Minister from 2018 to 2021, expressed his solidarity with those protesting against Tshabangu’s actions on Twitter.

Some Zimbabweans expressed their gratitude for Mboweni’s support, highlighting his willingness to stand with the oppressed people of Zimbabwe even when it wasn’t a popular choice.

However, a Zanu-PF supporter questioned Mboweni’s involvement, characterizing the situation as an internal dispute within the CCC. They cited Tendai Biti’s acknowledgment of self-inflicted wounds and gloating over Nelson’s political setbacks.

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