AS IT HAPPENED: 'We are now going to demonstrate the power of the workers,' says Vavi on Saftu strike demands

2018-04-25 07:29

The SA Federation of Trade Unions took to streets countrywide to protest over the national minimum wage. News24 brings you these scenes from Cape Town.

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Zwelinzima Vavi: "If they do not listen to us, we will bring the taxis, the buses and trains and stay in town until our rights are recognised.

"We will sit in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth until the sell outs of the revolution fall. We are now going to demonstrate the power of the workers. We are going to occupy Rissik street until we are satisfied.

"Whoever says farm workers must accept R18 her hour, to those who say mothers raising their children must accept R15, we say it is crap. There has to be a new revolution in our country. The 24 years of our country have meant nothing to us, they have been hell to us."

Vavi says leaders of business are in heaven.

"The day Cyril Ramaphosa became the president, the heavens opened for them."

Ramaphosa is earning R3.6m.

"We know that it is peanuts for him. We know he has much more money than government can pay him. We know he tried to buy a buffalo and impala. The same man together with those stooges in Cosatu, say R20 is enough."

Vavi: "Our message to Ramaphosa and and the ANC, we fought here, we suffered and we are not mafikizolo’s [new comers], we did not fight for you to buy a buffalo and say that R20 is enough. We want R12 500."

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Officials sign the memorandum of demands.

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Department of Health officials come outside to accept a memorandum of demands

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Phakamile Hlubi: “This Department kills patients. You have the blood of the Life Esidimeni victims on your hands because all you care about is the profit.“This government must realise that we have shut down Gauteng again. We will shut this economy down again.”

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Outside the Department of Health a representative of the student nurses union says outsourcing must fall. The woman says money that was allocated to train student nurses was allegedly squandered. “We are here to say stop your corruption otherwise you will follow Qedani (Mahlangu).”

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Saftu has delivered its memoranda to the Gauteng provincial government, and is on its way to Parliament

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We are now moving to the Chamber of Mines.

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MEC for Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo confirmed that the memorandum was received on behalf of the Gauteng Government. “The demands will be attended to,” he said.

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The memorandum was delivered and signed outside the Office of the Premier.

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The first memorandum is against vat and increased sin taxes.

“The governed is trying to solve this crisis by making the workers the victims and we will not allow them,” said Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi.

Continuing to read the long memorandum she said the bottom line was that unions rejected the R20 per hour.

“We demand a living wage, we reject the new labor laws that are going to prevent us from going on strike.... whether you like it or not, this government will listen to us,” SG said.

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Large police contingent are monitoring Saftu marchers around the country.  

Marchers have been peaceful so far

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PE workers have shown bug support for the Saftu march

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Healthy turnout for Saftu marches

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Protesters make their way through Cape Town CBD

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