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Our new government is no longer for the people. The new ministers rise from the depths of the night to serve a sole purpose. To serve one man. President Jacob Zuma.
The events that have happened recently showcase the makings of a dictatorship. A dictator controls all areas of government directly or indirectly and therefore controls the country, controls the people.

The most prominent substitution is, of course, the Finance Minister. A statement from the president’s office in the early hours of Friday said Zuma had replaced Pravin Gordhan with Malusi Gigaba, former minister of home affairs. Sfiso Buthelezi was also appointed as deputy finance minister, a post previously held by Mcebisi Jonas.

Malusi Gigaba is a strong supporter of Zuma and often expresses his loyalty to the crenelated president. “He is viewed by analysts as a Zuma loyalist and close to the Guptas.” – IOL (6). A similar view is projected with Sfiso Buthelezi. Questions around his role at Prasa and his links to various others such as the Guptas are abundant. The market is concerned. South Africans are concerned.

Many controversial people have remained in their position for example Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane remains, despite the ANC top six asking that he be removed. Bathabile Dlamini also remains despite the whole grants debacle.

The minority of South Africa are aware of the implications that the reshuffling of the cabinet has. The majority of South are not getting the depth of information that the privileged South Africans are getting. Even if they know what is happening, they may not know how to help or what to do. Even people who know what is happening don’t know what to do.

This is extremely problematic because we need ordinary South Africans to stand up and stop the descent into tyranny.

You’ll find that most people in SA are only aware that the president is reshuffling the cabinet and that it is bad. We see that most of us are kept in the dark. What we don’t realise is what this whole situation means. This means that the nuclear deal with Russia will happen, thanks to Gigaba’s unfailing loyalty. Our president is about to spend trillions on an ‘environmental endeavor’ that has been scrapped by the rest of the world due to it’s inefficiency. Why is this money not being put into education or something useful?

The ANC has ruined their legacy. No, Jacob Zuma has ruined it for them while they sat back and watched. People who would still vote for them in the next election, I ask you, is your loyalty more important than the lives of 2 million people who are affected by the loss of 100 000 jobs? And that is just this month.

Then again, who else can we vote for?

Now we don’t blame anyone for voting for the ANC but in hopes that things will become better, people should vote for those that they think will deliver on their promises. All South Africans have a right to know what is going on in the country. But we remain entrenched in the bad education system. How can your voice be heard when you are not informed, when you don’t have an informed opinion or decision. How is that possible?

 We as a South African nation are beautiful in our rich diversity. This message that was well portrayed in a tribute made by Professor Jonathan Jansen to the land on which Ahmed Kathrada’s moving funeral took place.
Jansen wrote: “Show me another country where the Anglican Archbishop prays at a Muslim funeral; where a white man chairs the proceedings to remember a leader from a black liberation movement; where a sitting president of a developing country is told to step down in a letter from the deceased stalwart of his own party; where the widow of the black man being buried is a white woman who gave her life to the struggle for freedom; and where Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths come together in a broad swathe of South African humanity to remember a man who fought for all of us. Where on and off the stage no one racial or ethnic or religious group dominated the event. For a moment, just a moment, it felt good to hope again…”

Zuma has constructed his perfect team of minions to allow him and his wealthy Gupta friends to control and manipulate the people of this country. Just think of all of the money that will never reach the people who need it most. Imagine those people suffering from poor sanitation, lack of food and water, and living without an education all because of a man who wants, no steals, money for a house like Nkandla.

South Africa, we need to take a stand. Ask yourself, ‘What can I do?’ then go out and do it. Regardless of whether it is something small like spreading the word and educating others or something symbolic like not referring to Zuma as the President, everything that we say or do counts. Zupta must fall. Dictatorship must fall. South Africa must rise again. FIRED‚ MOVED and SAFE: These are the ministers hit by Zuma’s swinging axePr

 

Here’s a list from the Times live (http://bit.ly/2nIqlEs) of who got chopped‚ who got shifted and who remained safe:

FIRED:

– Energy – Tina Joemat-Pettersson‚ FIRED and REPLACED by Mmamoloko “Nkhensani” Kubayi
– Finance – Pravin Gordhan‚ FIRED and REPLACED by Malusi Gigaba
– Public Service and Administration – Ngoako Ramatlhodi FIRED and REPLACED by Faith Muthambi
– Tourism – Derek Hanekom‚ FIRED and REPLACED by Tokozile Xasa
– Transport – Dipuo Peters‚ FIRED and REPLACED by Joe Maswanganyi

MOVED:

– Communications – Faith Muthambi‚ REPLACED by Ayanda Dlodlo and MOVED to Public Service and Administration
– Home Affairs – Malusi Gigaba‚ REPLACED by Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize and MOVED to Finance
– Public Works – Thembelani Nxesi‚ REPLACED BY Nathi Nhleko and MOVED to Sports and Recreation
– Police – Nathi Nhleko‚ REPLACED by Fikile Mbalula and MOVED to Public Works
– Sports and Recreation – Fikile Mbalula‚ REPLACED by Thembelani Nxesi and MOVED to Police

SAFE:

– Health – Aaron Motsoaledi
– Basic Education – Angie Motshekga
– Social Development – Bathabile Dlamini
– Higher Education – Blade Nzimande
– State Security – David Mahlobo
– Cooperative Governance – Des van Rooyen
– Economic Development – Ebrahim Patel
– Environmental Affairs – Edna Molewa
– Rural Development – Gugile Nkwinti
– Planning‚ Monitoring and Development – Jeff Radebe
– Human Settlements – Lindiwe Sisulu
– Public Enterprises – Lynne Brown
– International Relations – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
– Justice – Michael Masutha
– Labour – Mildred Oliphant
– Mineral Resources – Mosebenzi Zwane
– Science and Technology – Naledi Pandor
– Arts and Culture – Nathi Mthethwa
– Water and Sanitation – Nomvula Mokonyane
– Defence – Nosiziwe Mapisa-Nqakula
– Trade and Industry – Rob Davies
– Agriculture‚ Fisheries and Forestry – Senzeni Zokwana
– Telecommunication and Postal Services – Siyabonga Cwele
– Women in the Presidency – Susan Shabangu

 

Bibliography (good articles to read):

1. http://citizen.co.za/news/news-national/1360127/details-the-powerful-players-in-the-anti-and-pro-zuma-camps/

2. https://mg.co.za/article/2017-03-31-market-negative-reshuffle-done-more-to-come

3. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/zuma-sacks-finance-minister-major-reshuffle-170331033657875.html

4. https://t.co/761LGSXeEd?ssr=true

5. http://www.intellidex.co.za/time-zuma-genuine-reason-fire-finance-minister

6. http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/cabinetreshuffle-meet-your-new-cabinet-ministers-8447591

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