- Numsa secretary general Irvin Jim has accused President Ramaphosa of selling out black people to white monopoly capital
- He told a crowd at a Worker’s Day rally in Bloemfontein that Ramaphosa was the Trump of South Africa
- Jim accused Ramaphosa of failing the working class
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) secretary general Irvin Jim has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of selling out black people in South Africa to white monopoly capital and labelled the president as South Africa’s Donald Trump.
Jim addressed the crowd at a South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) Worker’s Day rally in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. Jim said Ramaphosa was supervising the exploitation of black labour in the country.
“If he was serious about the minimum wage, he would tell those bosses to open the books so we can see how much they are making. Ramaphosa represents white monopoly capital in South Africa," he said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jim reportedly accused Ramaphosa of failing the needs of the working class. This comes after a week in which Saftu held a day-long strike to oppose the introduction of South Africa’s first ever national minimum wage.
Saftu has been opposed to the R20 per hour or R3 500 per month minimum wage and called it a slave wage.
Meanwhile, rival trade union The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) held Worker’s Day events across the country on Tuesday. Cosatu has defended the minimum wage and said it would benefit 40% of general workers who currently earned less than the proposed amount.
Ramaphosa spoke at a Cosatu even in Port Elizabeth, he admitted that the minimum wage was not a living wage, but said it was an important starting point.
Jim indicated his support for the establishment of a political party which was led by Numsa, Jim said he hoped the new party would be formed by next year in order to take part in the 2019 general election.
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