'Zuma’s playing Russian Roulette with SA economy'

Opposition political parties have reacted sharply to the news of Pravin Gordhan’s reappointment.

South African Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition political parties have reacted sharply to the news of Pravin Gordhan's reappointment as finance minister, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) saying Zuma has been playing 'Russian Roulette' with the economy.

Last night, Zuma announced Gordhan will come back to the position he held for five years and David van Rooyen is now going to take over the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

Last week, the rand dropped significantly after Zuma said he was replacing Nhlanhla Nene.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says last night's announcement is an admission that the president was reckless and irrational when he fired Nene and replaced him with a little known Member of Parliament.

He says Zuma did not anticipate the damage his decision would do to South Africa's economy, nor the backlash he would receive, both from the public and the Tripartite Alliance.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) has called for Zuma's immediate resignation in the wake of the appointment flip-flop.

The party's spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Zuma is a humiliation and a disaster for the country.

Congress of the People (Cope)'s Dennis Bloem agrees Zuma is not fit to be president.

"President Zuma is a disaster. The way that President Zuma is changing his ministers is a real joke."

Maimane says, "His behaviour and decisions require for him to be moved out of office in a democratic process where people can be able to vote him out."