The midnight Cabinet reshuffle effected by President Jacob Zuma was tantamount to a coup against the people of South Africa, activist and trade unionist Zwelinzima Vavi said in Pretoria on Friday.
“We are demonstrating to express our disgust at what happened last night, which can only be interpreted as a coup against the people of South Africa. The thieves have now taken over the Treasury. They now have their palms, their long fingers on the kitty of the nation and they will be able to do whatever they want from now on,” said the former secretary general of Cosatu.
Vavi charged the numerous employees of the National Treasury to resist attempts to sway their targets in a bid to please certain individuals.
Vavi said “Resist. Tell us in one way or another of whatever shenanigans they are going to be implementing when they come over”
Vavi was joined by hundreds of Save South Africa activists and some members of the Democratic Alliances to protest against the recent firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan, his deputy Mcebisi Jonas and other members of Cabinet.
The march started off at National Treasury offices in Pretoria central before heading to the Union Buildings.