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#ZumaMustFall: South Africans react to Cabinet reshuffle

President Jacob Zuma has reshuffled his Cabinet, firing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, among others.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN – On Friday, South Africans woke up to the news that President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet and they were not impressed.

The president fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi and Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.

The president said this would “improve efficiency and effectiveness”.

“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.”

Some South Africans took to social media and said they would not vote for the African National Congress.

They have been tweeting under the hashtags #CabinetReshuffle and #ZumaMustFall.

The Cabinet reshuffle has also sparked calls for protests.