South African President Jacob Zuma has branded protesters calling for his resignation “racists”, saying they held placards that were derogatory about black people, according to BBC report.
A statement from the president’s office in the early hours of Friday said Zuma had replaced Gordhan with Malusi Gigaba, former minister of home affairs while Sfiso Buthelezi appointed as deputy finance minister, a post previously held by Mcebisi Jonas.
In a televised statement, Zuma, the head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), said he was making room for new talent and ideas, as he announced changes to 10 of the country’s 35 ministries, including energy, police and tourism.
Earlier on Thursday, the South African Communist Party (SACP) claimed Zuma had told its members of his plan to replace the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas in a Cabinet reshuffle.
“The SACP wish to state that as the norm, the president informed us of his intention to effect a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing both the minister and the deputy minister of finance,” SACP deputy secretary general Solly Mapaila said.