- A virtual panel discussion featuring Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was hijacked and flooded with “austerity” screams.
- Event, Sponsored by the Bishops Foundation Held Thursday night, it was intended to discuss South Africa’s economic outlook.
- When Mboweni was about to be given a platform to speak, Zoom attendees wrote in the chat feature:
A virtual panel discussion featuring Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was hijacked by a group of activists who participated in the discussion via the online virtual conferencing platform Zoom and was flooded with “austerity” cries.
Organized by the Bishops Foundation, the event was held Thursday night with the aim of sweeping South Africa last week and discussing South Africa’s economic outlook in the face of billions of dollars in damage to South Africa’s economy. ..
The riots that began when former President Jacob Zuma was charged with contempt of court and refused to appear on the National Capture Investigation Commission turned into looting stores and destroying businesses.
As the government continues to address the ongoing economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government needs to introduce interventions to mitigate the impact of unemployment and potential food shortages in Houten and KwaZulu-Natal.
When Mboweni was about to be given a platform to speak, Zoom attendant Itumeleng Mothlabane wrote in the chat feature:
Users, including those called “#CodeRed” and those called “Austerity Kills,” wrote the phrase “austerity kills” in the Zoom Conference chat feature.
Next, multiple guests of the virtual meeting turned on the microphone and shouted, “Kill austerity!” And interrupted the meeting. The organizers managed to remove the activists from the meeting, but Muboweni left.
The organizer temporarily suspended the meeting to see where Muboweni was and if he could continue the discussion.
“Austerity kills!”?Activists hijack Muboweni’s virtual panel talk
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