Zuma’s ‘payback’ hurts citizens the most

WHEN presidents make big announcements to the public at midnight; it’s usually the case of a natural disaster or other catastrophe.

But our ‘dear’ president left the light of day to make drastic changes to the national executive at night with the hope that it would have minimal impact on the rand.

Wrong again! This political shake-up has sent the rand to its biggest weekly slide since 2015.

Our president said that the changes were necessary to improve ‘efficiency and effectiveness’.

Yet he saw no need to fire Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini over the grants payment crisis but rather took action against some of the people who’ve been critical of him.

Do we have a president who even listens to his constituents or is it all about flexing his power muscles and furthering his own interests?

In a week where the country laid to rest liberation stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, South Africa’s number one surely knew how to have the final say after calls were made for his resignation again.

I have nothing against the former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who was actually doing a good job in his portfolio. Was it necessary to fix something that was not broken?

It’s only a matter of time before our credit rating will be downgraded to junk status because of this fiasco.

We, the people, suffer the most after these irrational decisions.


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