On Friday night new finance minister Tito Mboweni asked Twitter to talk to him – but not tell "the Establishment – ahead of his first major public appearance in his new job on Wednesday.

It is not clear exactly how this would annoy the establishment; the Treasury formalised a "Tips for Trevor" campaign 15 years ago, and earlier this year the Treasury launched a budget-information website that was punted as a way to give feedback on the Budget – which points to a form where tips for the minister can be submitted.

By Sunday morning Mboweni was on track to receive 3,000 responses to that request. This being Twitter, many of the responses were flippant, but others were entertaining – and a couple of unusual ones gained some traction.

See also: The fabulous food diary of Tito Mboweni

Here are some of the best – and strangest – tips Mboweni got on Twitter.

Thuli Madonsela wants to see chicken made VAT exempt...

...but there seemed to be greater support for dropping VAT on books....

...though not necessarily all books.


UDM leader Bantu Holomisa wanted Mboweni to focus on other matters – such as the Public Investment Corporation.


One user argued for a black-tax rebate – and drew some support for the idea....

...while another proposed that households get a tax break for employing a domestic worker.


The expensive privileges of ministers and other government officials came up...

...again...

...and again...

...and again.


Tobacco lobbyist Yusuf Abramjee punted the industry's campaign to crack down on illegal cigarette sales.


Not everyone, though, thought Mboweni was taking his anti-establishment idea far enough.

 

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