One of the biggest waves of mass action in recent years took place due to political parties and civil society organisations uniting to lead people in defence of the country. It did not take a big-budget advertising campaign or the populist bluster being used now to whip up support for the May 8 elections. It was people across society realising that SA was in grave danger, and that demonstrable action was needed to show the then president he could not get away with reckless and treasonous conduct. The weekend marked the second anniversary of former president Jacob Zuma’s infamous midnight cabinet reshuffle that stunned the nation and topped the news agenda globally. The main targets were the finance minister and deputy minister, Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas respectively, whom he replaced with Malusi Gigaba and Sfiso Buthelezi. In a fit of blood lust, Zuma slashed a number of other ministers and deputy ministers, some of whom had pushed back against state capture and the president...

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