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Last updated: 31 March 2017

FAWU statement on Cabinet Reshuffle

31 March 2017

The Food and Allied Workers` Union is appalled but not surprised at the latest irrational cabinet reshuffle by President Zuma announced late last night. This clearly shows the President`s utter disregard for the welfare of the country by removing a competent and efficient Minister Pravin Gordhan who has been making steadfast progress in light of the country`s dire economic situation and imminent threats of downgrades over the last couple of years.

The reshuffling of Cabinet Ministers based on President`s Zuma so-called need for efficiency and effectiveness makes no sense at all because the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini surely should have been the first to be removed from her portfolio if that was indeed the case. This undoubtedly leads us to believe that there are more sinister reasons behind the President`s sudden removal of the Minister and his Deputy Minister at such a delicate phase in the South Africa`s economy. It is now clear for all to see that the Minister and his Deputy were seen as stumbling blocks on the road to capture the Treasury.

South Africans are in shock today as this latest disastrous move by the President, causes uncertainty as to what our economic future will look like and if, indeed, the country will continue to stay financially viable and stable. At this point in time, we have a bleak outlook. The next few months should tell us how the international market will react to this latest destabilisation or monopolisation of the Treasury.

The former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan has today, in a press conference vehemently refuted allegations called about "ulterior motives" for his overseas visit and openly lambasted the "so-called" intelligence report as absolute nonsense. Mr. Gordhan clearly states that there are other reasons as to why he was removed.

The ANC`s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe`s utterances on Radio 702 this morning also leads us to seriously question the stability and coherency of the governing party. It is clear to us that the ANC is taking the country to a point of no-return.

It is disturbing to know that the governing party can be so easily influenced and penetrated by unknown outside sources.

We thank the former Minister Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonase for their loyal service and demonstration of professionalism b ywhich they are exiting their positions, especially in light of the fact that they were not even formally briefed about their removals but had to learn from the media about their axing.

Today, it is clear to all that the ANC has failed miserably to uphold the high ideals we all envisioned at the dawn of the new democracy. Many party officials will make noise about their dissent about the axing of Minister Pravin Gordhan but we are certain no action will result thereof. This President is hell-bent on protecting his own interests and the interests of his cronies and will do whatever is necessary to sell South Africa to the highest bidder. They have at last captured the Treasury and we as South African must unite and fight against this.

We have much work to do in the new federation, South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU).

Please contact General Secretary Katishi Masemola on 082 467 2509 or President Attwell Nazo on 079 892 4896 for more information.

Released by: Dominique Martin, FAWU media officer, 082 498 5631

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