President Jacob Zuma and former finance minister Pravin Gordhan may share a birthday, but they did not exactly receive similar birthday wishes from Twitter users on Wednesday.

Both men celebrate their birthday on April 12. Zuma, 75, is Gordhan’s senior by seven years.

Zuma reshuffled the Cabinet on March 30, causing much unhappiness about his decision to sack Gordhan. Wednesday’s tweets reflect some of these sentiments:

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The dispute between Pravin Gordhan and Jacob Zuma began when they were both meant to bring birthday cake to work and only Gordhan did.

  • Happy Birthday to the leader of our Nation Karabo Mokgoko @Karabo_Mokgoko

    An Honourable man
    A man of intergrity
    Pravin Gordhan!

    Oh and Jacob Zuma…

    Happy birthday to Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. I will only end there in wishing people happy birthday for the day. ‘Mr. Sebe

    It wasn’t about the money, the fraud or the scandal
    Zuma hated coming to the office today & having to share the birthday song with Pravin