Twitter can’t even any more with this cabinet reshuffling


Twitter’s meme game is strong right now. Maybe it’s because the holidays are almost upon us, or maybe it’s just the result of so much recent practice; but on Sunday night, when President Jacob Zuma announced that he was shuffling off his new finance minister for another new finance minister (well, actually an old one), Twitter brought the funny. THE DAILY VOX TEAM rounded up seven of the best.

President Jacob Zuma shocked the nation last week when he axed Nhlanhla Nene from the position of finance minister without explanation and replaced him with little-known backbencher David Van Rooyen. The markets tanked and the criticisms rolled in. Four days later, Zuma backtracked and replaced Van Rooyen with former, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, a respected and trusted figure in the finance world.

People found it really hard to wrap their heads around Van Rooyen’s four-day term as finance minister. He’d only just been sworn in.

It felt like a bit of a joke really.

And why, many asked, did these sudden announcements keep cropping up just as South Africans were settling in for the evening?

Given the post’s recent history, you had to ask, does Gordhan really know what he’s getting himself into?


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