Former Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, and businessman and chairperson of the SAVE South Africa movement, Sipho Pityana, are expected in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday afternoon where they will give key speeches at a protest organised by the movement in light of the recent dramatic Cabinet reshuffle.
Perhaps the lowest point of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, he axed former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and Jonas, reportedly after an intelligence report indicated that Gordhan and Jonas, were trying to sabotage the economy by encouraging investors and markets to divest from the country.
The two were abruptly called back home from an investor roadshow abroad last week Monday and were subsequently fired, late on Thursday night, along with several other Ministers.
The decision to fire Gordhan and Jonas, arguably then among Cabinet’s best-performing Ministers, did not go down well with opposition parties and some within the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
President Zuma’s critics have used this as an indication of the President’s increasingly desparate measures to stay in power amid calls that he steps down.
Movements like SAVE South Africa are calling on citizens to organise and force the President or the ANC to have him leave office.
On Sunday, Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, cut short her trip to Bangladesh to attend to a request for a Parliamentary debate on the notion of no confidence in President Zuma. She said the consultation process for the debate will kick-off on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s protest march is expecxted to happen as follows.
- Date: 4 April 2017
- Time: 13h00
Speakers; Mcebisi Jonas Sipho Pityana
Venue: City Hall Square, Port Elizabeth