Cape Town – The Anglican Church on Sunday added its voice to calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign and urged organised protest action against Zuma’s much criticised cabinet reshuffle which included the firing of highly respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
In a statement by the Diocese of George in the southern Cape, Bishop Brian Marajh also called on all ANC councillors in the different towns of the diocese to declare their stance on Zuma’s action.
“It is with a profound sense of sadness and disappointment that we note the reshuffle of the cabinet by the president of the republic and the axing of the minister of finance and his deputy among others. The president’s claim of a breach of confidence in and breakdown of trust [in the] relationship between himself and the minister of finance, informed by a seriously flawed intelligence report, represents a serious undermining of the principle of the law,” Marajh said.
“The president’s claim that the decision was taken to improve effectiveness and efficiency is a flagrant lie and is proof that he is pursuing his own personal narrow interest at the expense of the poor and most vulnerable of this country.”
It was evident that the reshuffle was targeting the National Treasury and that it would impact on its critical functions and those of other organisations in the financial cluster, such as the South African Revenue Service, the South African Reserve Bank, and other financial banking regulatory institutions.