Plans to protest against cabinet reshuffle

Plans to protest against cabinet reshuffle

Civil society and labour leaders are calling on South Africans to gather at Church Square, opposite National Treasury, in Pretoria this morning in protest against President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle.

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President Zuma reshuffled 10 ministers and 10 deputy minister last night.

There is widespread unhappiness following the axing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy minister, Mcebisi Jonas.

South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) leader, Zwelinzima Vavi says they are outraged.

"We appeal to all South Africans to flood the streets of Pretoria and symbolically occupy Treasury in the strongest possible protest," says Vavi.

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Save South Africa's Lawson Naidoo says they are also calling on South Africans to express their anger by taking to the streets.

"We need to occupy and defend the National Treasury in Pretoria. We are calling on people to gather there from 10.00am this morning. This is to demonstrate that we will not allow state coffers to be handed over to Jacob Zuma's looters," says Naidoo.

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Nelson Mandela's personal assistant Zelda La Grange says she will also be at Church Square.

"All we should worry about is showing up in our numbers and showing President Jacob Zuma that we do not agree with what he did during the night," says La Grange.

This is how South Africans reacted to the news:

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