Nzimande slams Zille over farm workers’ strike

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Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille must not act like a “cry baby” about the farmworkers strike in De Doorns, Western Cape, SA Communist Party general-secretary Blade Nzimande said today.

“I have a message for Helen Zille. Do not be like a cry-baby asking national government to intervene,” he told several thousand ANC members gathered at Kings Park stadium in Durban for the African National Congress’s 101st anniversary celebrations.

“Go and tell the bosses to negotiate with farm workers and give [the farmworkers] decent wages.”

The strike by seasonal workers to have their R69 daily wage increased to R150 — which began on August 27 last year, and was called off on December 4 — resumed on Wednesday.

Zille is also the premier of the Western Cape.

Nzimande meanwhile said that the party must celebrate its achievements instead of listening to “doom-sayers”.
He said people who said that life was better under apartheid, did not know what they were talking about because they never grew up in mud houses without electricity. “The rich and the media, perpetuated that idea,” he said.

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