The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is leading a strike against the national minimum wage tomorrow.
Saftu has dubbed the looming strike action as their response to “the biggest attacks on working-class people, since the end of apartheid”.
The massive strike action prompted mixed reactions on twitter, with many nervous at the thought of a gridlock of protesters expected to arrive at city centers tmorrow morning.
The federation says the proposed minimum wage of R20 per hour or R3 500 a month is too low and reassured patrons that the strike will be peaceful.
Tweeps had a lot to say about the expected national strike.
— TSHEPO????️???????????????? (@MalumeSharepart) April 24, 2018
Countries like ours with 40% real unemployment shouldn't be striking and bringing an economy to a standstill. Even if demands are met, its great for those that are employed, but results in MORE unemployment as businesses cut back on staff and dont hire. #SAFTUstrike
— Wizard Kitty (@WizardKittySA) April 24, 2018
At the begining of april everything increased except salaries even when they get increased it's by a smaller percent than the rest. Hell I support #SAFTUstrike
— ♚ItsAKayThing♚ (@Kelz_Mokwena) April 24, 2018
A message circulated on social media saying those not participating in the strike should rather stay indoors. The message was reported to be fake.
— Robert Escott (@RobertSEscott) April 24, 2018
— khani???? (@khani_hlahla) April 24, 2018
Some questioned the strikes purpose.
— ????Thobile???? (@thobs10) April 24, 2018
A map indicating the different assembly points also circulated.
— Netstar Traffic (@netstartraffic) April 24, 2018
Others hoped the day was on Thursday eyeing the looming extended weekend.
— Dima_Kalaote???????? (@Mama___botlhale) April 24, 2018
While others had sinister intentions.
— Khudumphato (@khudumphato) April 24, 2018