We may not agree with some of the measures announced by Mboweni, however, we cannot help but admire his candidness - especially in an election year.
Perhaps it is precisely because he is not expecting to be reappointed that made it possible for him to speak so forthrightly.
His statement that the national budget was supposed to be "in the interest of our people and our country, and not in the narrow objectives of any political party" is a message that we hope will be remembered by our politicians long after he had departed.
Party political considerations have often prevented the government from considering options that may rescue troubled parastatals such as Eskom.
Mboweni's challenge to MPs, and SA at large, yesterday was that the country re-examines if it needs all the parastatals it owns. And if it does, how can they be better managed? These are unpopular questions, especially among variants of the broad leftist tendency within the ANC.
Yet if we are to fix our economy and ensure that services such as electricity are guaranteed, we have to tackle such questions head-on, and frankly so.