- Paul Mashatile says the ANC is committed to job creation and providing workers with decent wages
- He also said the party still supported Cosatu
- In addition, Mashatile called on workers to support the ANC in next week's election
The ANC's treasurer-general, Paul Mashatile, has reiterated the ANC's commitment to implementing a national minimum wage.
He made the comments while addressing an ANC rally in Cape Town on Workers' Day.
He assured workers that the ruling party would not abandon them.
Mashatile also described ambitious plans that the ANC hopes to implement, including a R1.4 trillion investment in infrastructure development.
He also promised that the ANC would ensure that a national minimum wage of R3 500 a month would be passed into law, according to Eyewitness News.
However, Mashatile stressed that the party needed the support of workers in order to pursue these policies. As a result, he called on workers to vote for the ANC in their numbers to help the party win a 65% majority.
In his address, Mashatile also reiterated the ANC's support for Cosatua, echoing similar comments made by Cyril Ramaphosa. Mashatile stressed that the ANC was still committed to fighting alongside Cosatu for decent wages.
Nevertheless, he also called on Cosatu to assist the ANC's job creation efforts, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Mashatile and Ramaphosa's comments seem to be aimed at mending the slight rift that has emerged between Cosatu and the ANC.
For example, the trade union has expressed opposition to some of Ramaphosa's policy proposals, most notably his Eskom reforms.
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