Finance minister Tito Mboweni left a bad taste in a lot of peoples mouths after he posted a tweet saying he disagrees with the removal of Afrikaans as a medium language of instruction at the University of Pretoria. 

According to reports as of this year (2019), English is the medium language of teaching for all first-year classes at the university. This came after the AfriForum Youth and Solidarity lost a high court battle in 2016 to challenge the language policy.

The finance ministers opinion on the matter was not appreciated by some students who felt the use of Afrikaans in the university was excluding non-Afrikaans speaking students from attaining certain information during lectures.