Finance minister Tito Mboweni on Monday jokingly cancelled a Twitter question-and-answer session – about which he had seemed serious – after stirring up trouble on the platform, then denying there was anything to be worried about.

Just about everyone was disappointed, including the rand.

Mboweni promised the Q&A on Friday.

But 24 minutes before it was due to start, he pulled out.

Beyond his formal responsibilities within the ANC, Mbalula is something of a Twitter champion for the party, with a 1.58 million follower count that far outstrips that of the Mboweni, or the ANC's official accounts.

Mboweni's planned Q&A came after he last week seemed to declare war on the media, for reasons he did not disclose, in what the DA described as a Twitter meltdown...

... but before he started quoting verses from the Bible, including one about peace.

He later told News24 that there was nothing to worry about in his jingoistic tweets.

The rand fell slightly in intraday trading after Mboweni pulled out of the Q&A, but rapidly recovered from that apparently unrelated blip.

The Twitter users who had been eagerly anticipating the Q&A were not so easily mollified.


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