Zuma cabinet reshuffle struck the Democratic Alliance (DA) party when they least expected it.
For one thing, everyone was thinking that the massive outcry against the move to fire Gordhan would make President Zuma have a second thought about his intent to dismiss the Finance Minister.
But then, Daddy Zuma would always have his way. Last night, he axed Pravin Gordhan, his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, and other Members of the Executive.
Zuma explained his decision thus:
“I have decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
The changes bring some younger MPs and women into the National Executive in order to benefit from their energy, experience and expertise.”
To the DA, however, Zuma replaced those he axed “with compromised and co-opted individuals.” The party asserted that the President has completed his self-serving project of State Capture.
“We must act now, as our country and our shared future depend on it,” DA charged and, disclosed that they’ve decided to institute an urgent legal action to stop the swearing-in of the new Ministers.
“We will this afternoon file papers in the Western Cape High Court seeking an urgent interdict to halt the swearing-in of Jacob Zuma’s compromised cabinet members, and the implementation of his reshuffle, which is set to take place at 18h00 this evening.
“Last night’s decision has devastating ramifications for the future of our country. The Guptas now not only have unfettered access to our national key points as they did to the Waterkloof airbase, to multi-million rand coal tenders, and to cabinet appointments – but crucially now hold the key to our National Treasury and our R1.56 trillion national budget,” stated the DA.
With that, the party reiterated that President Zuma must be removed from office.
“…It is the role of Parliament to do so. It is the House that elected him, and it is the House that must remove him,” added DA.
Meanwhile, BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that in addition to the party’s urgent legal action, its leader, Mmusi Maimane would lead a march to the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House come next Friday 7th April. The march would be calling on the ANC to support the DA motion of No Confidence in President Zuma.
The motion will be tabled before Parliament soon.
Above all, DA charged “South Africans from all walks of life – political parties, NGOs, civil society – and any South African who cares about the future of” South Africa to join their “movement for change”.
“Our country has now reached a crucial tipping point. Jacob Zuma and his cabal of liars and looters have made it crystal clear: they come first, and the people of South Africa come last. Our country deserves better than treasonous conduct by those in power,” DA proclaimed.