Lowly paid workers and the unemployed must help determine the value of their minimum wage. This is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane who was announcing his party’s rejection of the universal minimum wage of R20 an hour signed by labour, business and government at the National Economic Development and Labour Council last year.

Maimane says the proposed minimum wage will lead to even more job-losses and therefore should be re-negotiated and determined with each sector. Meanwhile, Maimane has also poured cold water on the issue involving DA Member of Parliament Natasha Mazzone.

The party is facing a possible legal challenge to oppose Mazzone’s alleged appointment to the position of Deputy in the Federal Council. Maimane says contrary to claims, Mazzone was in fact elected and not appointed to the newly created position.