Powerless – without ability, influence or power. This is exactly what I felt when the news broke of President Jacob Zuma’ 11 th cabinet reshuffle of about 20 MP’s and the imminent firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy – Mcebisi Jonas on Thursday night. Scrolling through twitter, refreshing constantly whilst simultaneously texting my friends on what was truly the most shocking and unthinkable act ever. Thinking back to those hours of uncertainty; most of us kept hoping it was a joke – an April Fools prank or at most, a dream. I vividly remember the disagreeable chuckles that represented the feeling of ‘I don’t know what to do, I can’t believe this is happening’, and the random outbursts of rant hurled at my bestfriend, due to the unexplainable series of events that were taking place all at once. I was rendered speechless.