- Zwelinzima Vavi says it’s a shame that President Cyril Ramaphosa is happy to pay workers R20 per hour
- Vavi noted Ramaphosa’s presidential salary means he earns R1 250 per hour
- Vavi is the general secretary of the country’s second-largest trade federation SAFTU
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, is no stranger to criticising a sitting president, he campaigned tirelessly for former president Jacob Zuma to be removed from office.
Vavi has now turned his attention to President Cyril Ramaphosa in a fiery tweet on Thursday. He delivered a scathing rebuke of the minimum, wage which guarantees workers will be paid at least R20 per hour, the law will come into effect on 1 May 2018.
Vavi tweeted: “President earning R3, 6 million a year. That’s R300 000 a month, R10 000 a day and R1250 per hour! We know his lifestyle is way above this as a multimillionaire. Yet he is very happy to pay workers R20, R18, R15 and R11 per hour. It’s a shame!”
Briefly.co.za discovered that SAFTU and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) marched on Human Rights Day to oppose the proposed amendments to the labour law which will effectively make it illegal for workers to strike.
President Ramaphosa was personally involved in negotiating the new minimum wage, which will be introduced on 1 May, at the time he was serving as the deputy president of the country.
Ramaphosa is thought to have a personal net value of between R4.7 and R7.4 billion, Vavi is not the first political figure to use the president’s personal wealth against him.
EFF leader Julius Malema last month called on Ramaphosa to donate his presidential salary to hospitals so they could be upgraded. Malema said Ramaphosa’s cattle kraal was in a better condition than South Africa’s biggest hospital.
Vavi also took shots at the private sector by asking how CEO’s were on average paid R17 million per year, which he said was equal to R8 625 per hour while they were only willing to pay workers between R11 and R20 an hour.
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