'A rookie move.' 'Read the room.' 'A poor PR team.'
These are some of the reasons Tweeps are giving for the electricity minister, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa's expensive wardrobe choice for a television interview which he appeared in on Sunday, 4 June.
In a twitter post shared by Ramokgopa’s official account, the minister is wearing a boldly branded, high-end, Michael Kors sweater that retails for about R6000.
Some Tweeps called the minister's fashion choice 'bad taste' since most people in South Africa are struggling to put food on their tables with the rising inflation and interest rates during the country's loadshedding crisis.
Not to mention, the electricity minister's sweater costs more than the basic minimum wage in South Africa.
According to stats from mondaq.com, from 1 March 2023, the national minimum wage for all workers is R25. 42 for each ordinary hour worked. This is equivalent to R4 182. 61 for a person working a 38 hour week; and to R4 953. 09 per month for a person working a 45 hour week.
Tweeps clapped back on the minister's tweet, saying 'it's an insult to the poor.'