- The payment of domestic workers is often considered extremely unfair by South Africans
- Despite there being a legal minimum wage appointed for domestic workers, many employees still pay their workers much less than expected
- South Africans took to social media to discuss the current situation of domestic workers
According to a report by BusinessTech, the minimum wage for domestic workers is about R2 625 a month, less than the national minimum wage of R3 500.
When Twitter user @sindivanzyl voiced her concerns over the payment offered to a domestic worker in an ad, South Africans joined the conversation.
Judging by the comments, people feel that domestic workers are not being appreciated and deserve much better.
@TokisoM - I wish people would stop hiring help if they can't afford. It just ain't right.
@GaynorAppels - Yes. Paying a full time worker R2000 per month is exploitation.
@moyo_felix - Cheap labour and the helper will be on a 24hour shift. Will also be accused of eating too much. I pity our mothers and sisters who do this valuable work and yet are treated badly.
@lebo_babu - That's what black madams do,I remember a friend of mine once told me to help her find a helper she is willing to pay 1800 because she will eat with them and she is giving her a place to stay i was like wow,I can't help you exploit other people
@onwardsandupw - If one can't afford to pay a domestic worker well, one shouldn't "employ" one. And I use employ in inverted commas because it's basically economic slavery or servitude.
@glendlaminiThis guy is either very brave or ignorant. How do you tell the world that you will be paying your stay-in Maid R2000/ month? What about the minimum wage?
How do you feel about the current situation of domestic workers? Let us know on our Facebook page and we could be sharing your thoughts and views.
Watch the silly Animated Joke: You Will Not Believe What Happened To This Young Man and head over to Briefly South Africa's YouTube channel for more awesome videos.