By Ahmed Areff, News24
Johannesburg – As South Africa deals with having three finance ministers over the course of a week, Twitter used the opportunity to joke about David van Rooyen’s four-day tenure in the position.
Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who was moved by Zuma to the co-operative governance ministry, was announced as the new finance minister on Sunday.
David van Rooyen, who faced considerable scrutiny following his appointment as finance minister after Nhlanhla Nene’s axing, would now fill Gordhan’s shoes as minister of co-operative governance.
Eyewitness News sports editor Cindy Poluta tweeted a picture of Van Rooyen with a speech bubble saying: ” Yes. That’s right. I am now the Minister of Weekend Specials.” David Van Rooyen has confirmed his new title pic.twitter.com/By8pyaSDnX
Scello Gumbi said: “3 ministers in 1 week! This must be a record! Whenever I see Van Rooyen I’ll sing ‘weekend special’. An image he uploaded showed Zuma, with text saying: “The new finance minister is Pravin Van Rooyenmanuel.”
#ZarHub said “Sorrry David Van Rooyen, sh*t happen is RSA yoo”, along with a picture of Zuma shaking Van Rooyen’s hand and holding a finger up to him, with the text: “Just for the weekend ne”
LOL! What is this? Van Rooyen had probably started printing business cards!
— Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) December 13, 2015
A parody account for Van Rooyen also joined the fray. The account description said: “Disgruntled ANC MP. Was Finance Minister for a weekend. Got treated like one of Number 1’s mistresses. I love soccer, golf, tennis, hunting & parody accounts!”
Some of the account’s tweets following Sunday’s announcement took a dig at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead’s “firepool” : “FFS [for fuck’s sake]. And they just broke ground on my new firepool!” and mentioned axed Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi: “I will be in contact with comrade @Zwelinzima1 about this flagrant violation of labour law and worker’s rights.”
“The most recent tweet said: “I will be referring a dispute to the CNA for unfair dismissal.”
FFS. And they just broke ground on my new firepool! — David van Rooyen (@daviddvanrooyen) December 13, 2015
I will be in contact with comrade @Zwelinzima1 about this flagrant violation of labour law and worker’s rights.