The Tamil federation of South Africa has come out guns blazing against the South African president, Jacob Zuma over circumstances relating to the Cabinet reshuffle.
In what has been described as as ‘poor political decisions’ by President Jacob Zuma are actions undermining Constitution of the country. The Tamil federation an umbrella body representative of South African Tamils of Indian origin has iterated their ‘displeasure, disappointed, disillusionment and shock’ in a press statement issued today.
The statement demands that the President be held accountable and issues a ‘detailed explanation’ for the changes that have occurred. The scale of this reshuffle is almost unprecedented; nearly a third of the ministers have changed and there are ten new deputy ministers as well. This means several of the ministers who belong to the SACP are still in place.
The organisation goes on to indicates that while the Tamil body ‘favor a transformation of economic power’ that which benefits the majority of the country, the actions of late do not indicate such.
The Tamil language and culture authority also stand in solidarity in calls for the resignation of the President of the Republic of South Africa.
Already groups like Save South Africa are calling on people to rise up, saying this is a brazen attempt to undermine the gains of the liberation struggle by taking power from the people and giving it to the Guptas.
Former Congress of South Africa Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called for a protest at the offices of the National Treasury on Friday morning.
“Every South African, bring your flag and demonstrate peacefully. Let it be known that you stood up.”
There will now be pressure on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to act amid claims that he could actually have been planning to resign if Gordhan was moved.
For the moment there’s been no official reaction to this move by the ANC itself.
Read their press statement Tamil Federation Press Statement