Strikes begin in Joburg and Cape Town ahead of Mboweni’s budget speech
Members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) went on strike on Wednesday (February 24) in response to a series of economic problems in the country.
The strikes, scheduled to coincide with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech, involve protest marches in the country’s main cities, including the headquarters of the National Assembly in Cape Town.
Saftu is the second largest of the country’s main union confederations, with 21 affiliated unions organizing 800,000 workers.
Responding to the country’s poor unemployment data on Tuesday, the trade federation said workers should heed the call to stay away or join the marches.
“A strong statement must be made that the current situation is simply not …