Powerless – without ability, influence or power. This is exactly what I felt when the news broke of President Jacob Zuma’ 11th cabinet reshuffle of about 20 MP’s and the imminent firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy – Mcebisi Jonas on Thursday night. Scrolling through twitter, refreshing constantly whilst simultaneously texting my friends on what was truly the most shocking and unthinkable act ever. Thinking back to those hours of uncertainty; most of us kept hoping it was a joke – an April Fools prank or at most, a dream. I vividly remember the disagreeable chuckles that represented the feeling of ‘I don’t know what to do, I can’t believe this is happening’, and the random outbursts of rant hurled at my bestfriend, due to the unexplainable series of events that were taking place all at once. I was rendered speechless.
— OnTheRoad2NoWhere (@NoTolls1) April 2, 2017
Jacob Zuma has caused an ample amount of trouble in his presidency. He is a corrupt disease killing South Africa. In addition, he has plainly broken oath of office and the trust of the people of this country. He has in the 7 years in office, represented the interests of himself and those who serve him loyally through dishonest and corrupt manners. He has gone beyond what anyone can defend.
The official funeral of struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada took place on Thursday, led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The eulogy given by Kgalema Motlante has been a significant motion to the mass mobilisation against the Zuma regime.
Just got a message to join a mass shutdown on Friday. Guess it's not hooliganism if it's against Zoemah.
— winford (@WinCollings) April 2, 2017
7 April 2017, National ShutDown?
— Black Pepper???? (@HulieMalie) April 2, 2017
A date has been marked, led by the Democartic Alliance (DA) – who themselves are at the centre of condemnation for the coming together of all regardless of race, political affiliation or religion.
Friday, 7 April 2017 is the date making rounds on social media. As the message reads: “On Friday the 7th of April the people of South Africa need to take o the streets in masses.. wherever you are, with signs of protest to make our voice heard”.
Pravin Gordhan, "I am unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation! The people shall govern! Hold (government) accountable!" #KathradaMemorial
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) April 1, 2017
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 2, 2017
7 April all SA citizens strike pic.twitter.com/NbOrvXcGb3
— THE VENDA GUY ???? ????? (@Burnnie__) April 2, 2017
DA Maimane to meet with all Opposition leaders in Jhb on Monday to unite in removal of President Jacob Zuma #cabinetreshuffle
— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) April 2, 2017
Whether or not the march will happen or not the question now remains, People of Grahamstown, how will we stand up to the current happenings of our state?