Domestic Workers Who Are Paid R200 a Day Left a Lady With a Heavy Heart and Sparked Debate on Social Media

Domestic Workers Who Are Paid R200 a Day Left a Lady With a Heavy Heart and Sparked Debate on Social Media

  • One South African woman felt heavy over the fact that some domestic workers are paid R200 a day to clean a whole entire home
  • Twitter user @MasekoValencia took to social media to share her feelings, claiming it is disgusting to see
  • While many were with her, some reminded the woman that this income keeps their families afloat and is sadly better than none

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The debate over domestic workers’ rates is an ongoing and heavy topic in Mzansi. One woman took to social media in utter disbelief that people pay someone R200 to clean for the entire day. Her feelings sparked a heated and heavy debate.

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Twitter user @MasekoValencia sparked debate on social media when she aired her views on domestic workers being paid R200 a day. Image: Getty Images
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Many domestic workers are treated harshly despite the many laws that have been put into place to protect them. At the end of the day, they have families to feed and can’t risk losing their income trying to protect their dignity… a hard reality.

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Twitter user @MasekoValencia took to her timeline to share something that was weighing heavily on her heart. The fact that some domestic workers are paid R200 a day for cleaning a whole entire home had her baffled.

“Imagine someone cleaning the entire house and saying even R200 is fine sisi. Yhu hayini guys.”

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The people of Mzansi weigh in, giving their thoughts on the sensitive matter

While it is hard to accept that some take on any form of work just to put food on the table, it is the reality of many in Mzansi. Some were in agreement with the woman on this one, while others claimed a heartbreakingly low income is better than none.

Take a look at some of the mixed reactions:

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@Sthimba1 shared:

“Our helper broke the hubbly nu mistake and she said don't pay me for today... yoooh that broke my heart... so I ask her why she would say that... are at some houses they make her pay for any breakages.”

@muzimbuli said:

“But that's the standard price to clean the whole house and do the laundry for the day. It used to be R150.”

@Nwa__Rikhotso shared:

“One helper, told me she was not allowed to us the washing machine at some house. She has to hand was everything. I asked her why, she said they told her they don’t pay her R200 for nothing… she must feel it.”

@Bmkatshwa is right there with her:

“Please say that again!!! People shouldn’t pay cleaners R200! At least double that amount! Someone can’t spend half the day cleaning your house just for R200! Also, public transport is expensive.”

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In related news, Briefly News reported that domestic workers have been treated harshly for many years and while laws have been set to help prevent this, it still happens.

They go by many names - domestics, maids, nannies, helpers - but they're all the same. Some are treated like the gold they are and others as if the employer is doing them a service and not the other way around.

Marcia du Pont took to Facebook with a poem by Herman H Le Roux about domestic workers that is sure to leave you feeling all kinds of emotions. The poem explains the lives of domestics from both the good and bad views. While some are treated well, they still face many struggles.

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