Opposition leaders reacted to the news of the cabinet reshuffle by president Jacob Zuma on Thursday evening.

Former General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, and Vice-Chairperson of the Millennium Labour Council, Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted a call to South Africans to assemble and protest on Friday.

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“#SAFTU calls on workers and all South Africans to assemble at Church Square and #OccupyTreasury, it’s a peaceful demonstration- bring SA flag,” Vavi stated.

UDM President, Bantu Holomisa responded to the announcement with a Facebook post and retweeting critical tweets from members of the public.