Vavi, Mboweni engage in Twitter spat

Former reserve bank governor Tito Mboweni. (Lisa Skinner)

Former reserve bank governor Tito Mboweni. (Lisa Skinner)

January 8 is traditionally a day of raised fists, "amandlas", and reflections over the birthday of the ANC.

Meanwhile on Twitter, former reserve bank governor Tito Mboweni and suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi chose to suspend the revolution for a brief to-and-fro over Vavi’s alleged allegiance to ANC defectors.

Fear not, comrades, this revolution was not televised. Mboweni said it was "public knowledge" that Vavi could potentially lead a National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa/Economic Freedom Fighters coalition in the elections: a damning allegation that, if true, would finally put paid to rumours that such a workers' party was being formed to the left of the ANC.

Without directly addressing Mboweni, Vavi implied that he was "paranoid":

In a further subtweet, Vavi implied the former reserve bank governor might be seeking attention in the hopes of being redeployed:

Speaking of fights, Vavi said he was preoccupied with an actual boxing match, which prevented him from engaging in the twar:

Numsa spokesperson, Castro Ngobese, soon entered the fray:

To which Mboweni replied,

Mboweni dared Vavi to openly deny his allegations:

He then closed off the debate with a touch of drama:

But the rest of twitter seemed nonplussed by the almost-furore.

DA member Christiaan Steyl thought the twar was amusing:

Journalist Paul Berkowitz despaired of Mboweni’s lack of agility and speed:

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