Save South Africa calls for protest after Cabinet reshuffle

Save South Africa has called on all citizens to assemble outside National Treasury on Friday morning following the removal of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a late-night Cabinet reshuffle.

Gordhan was replaced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas was replaced by Sifiso Buthulezi.

“This is the only way we can stop the capture of National Treasury‚ and prevent the Gupta proxies from getting access to our money: the campaign said.

Save SA called the reshuffle an “outrage”.

“The Cabinet reshuffle… [is an] insult to the suffering of millions of South Africans over many decades‚” the Save SA campaign said in a statement shortly after the announcement.

“It is a brazen attempt to undermine the gains of the Liberation struggle by taking power away from the people handing it over to a clique based in Dubai.”

The campaign said the latest development was a “Gupta coup” and final confirmation that Zuma‚ the government and the country had been captured.

DA MP and shadow finance minister David Maynier said the appointment of Gigaba as Finance Minister meant Treasury was “now firmly under political control” of Zuma.

“The new finance minister has extensive experience in the national executive‚ but he has absolutely no experience in the ‘finance family’ and his appointment is unlikely to be well received by the markets‚” he said.

“The new finance minister’s principle qualification for the job is his absolute loyalty to President Jacob Zuma.”

United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa claimed Gigaba was hired as finance minster because of his association with the Gupta family.

“Politically speaking‚ many of the ministers who have been removed‚ still hold positions within the ANC and given the recent noise made by the Communist Party [on Thursday] it would be interesting to see how the Communist Party will react‚” he said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters have in the meantime written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete requesting a special urgent sitting to debate a motion of no confidence in Zuma between April 3-7.

3 thoughts on “Save South Africa calls for protest after Cabinet reshuffle

  • April 6, 2017 at 11:56 am


    As I think back on these courageous people who came before our current leaders, I wonder what became of the challenge that they provided. They worked for liberty. They fought for freedom. They insisted on justice. They were optimistic as I was that racial interaction would breed understanding, and that understanding, in turn, would produce healing and redemption. They were hopeful as I was that over time; this country would grow toward justice and expand toward equality.

    But as I survey the world left behind by them, I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. I wish I could say that this Nation had traveled far along the road to social justice and that liberty and equality were just around the bend. I wish I could say that this country has come to appreciate diversity and to see and accept similarity.

    But as I look around, I see not a Nation of unity but of division – Black and White, indigenous and immigrant, rich and poor, educated and illiterate. We seem to have given up on integration and lost hope on equality for all.

    But there is a price to be paid for division and isolation as recent events in this country indicate. Look around. Can’t you see the tension, feel the fear? Can’t you sense the alienation? The despair?

    We cannot play ostrich. Democracy just cannot flourish amid fear. Liberty cannot bloom amid hate. Justice cannot take root amid rage. This country must get to work. In the chill climate in which we live, we must go against the prevailing wind. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because this country deserves better, because this country has no choice but to do better.

    The legal system can force open doors and sometimes even knock down walls. But it cannot build bridges. That job belongs to you and me. Black and White, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, our fates are bound together. We can run from each other but we cannot escape each other. We will only attain freedom if we learn to appreciate what is different and muster the courage to discover what is fundamentally the same. This country’s diversity offers so much richness and opportunity. Take a chance, won’t you? Knock down the fences that divide. Tear apart the walls that imprison. Reach out, freedom lies just on the other side.

  • April 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Our citizens need to wake up and act peacefully to have jacob zuma removed, and then we can voice our no confidence further in the ANC corrupt goverment.
    They divide and undermine all sacred institutions and have a greedy mindset to enrich themselves .
    South Africa is moving backwards at a rapid pace, we do not live in peace anymore, we are concerned what will become later in year.
    i pray GOD really rid us from these incompetent undemining goverment.
    SA belongs to all and DA,COPE,EFF,ACDP FFplus and IFP and other parties must do all in their power to free us all.

  • March 31, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Zuma did not learn a thing from the last disaster of his reshuffle. arrogant beyond description. he really, really needs to go..


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