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Malema promises 50% wage hike

2014-02-23 10:25
Economic Freedom Fighters show off an artwork depicting their leader Julius Malema at a packed Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa during the launch of the party's manifesto. (Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa)
Pretoria - In a bid to win votes, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema has promised teachers, nurses, police officers and other public servants a 50% salary increase if his party comes to power.

According to the Sunday Times, these are some of the promises in the EFFs manifesto, which Malema launched in Tembisa on Saturday.

Malema has also promised pensioners R2 600 a month and said people with disabilities will get a grant of R2 400 a month. He said there would be a minimum wage for all sectors and that domestic workers would earn a minimum of R4 500 per month.

According to the report, even if Malema did win, keeping these promises would be difficult as more than 16 million people receive social grants. This already costs the government billions of rands a year.

However, the EFF says it will increase taxes on the private sector and boost the government budget from R1-trillion to R2-trillion by 2017.

The EFF also says it will move Parliament to Pretoria and cut the Presidency budget by 60% and that it will scrap support for first ladies – which has ballooned to about R16m under President Jacob Zuma’s tenure.
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