Cape Town police have advised the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) members who will embark on a nationwide strike to do so peacefully.
The City of Cape Town has granted permission for 2 000 workers to march from Kaizergracht to the Civic Centre and Parliament.
Police spokesperson, Andre Traut says, “SAPS in the Western Cape are ready to police the march today, and deal with any occurrence that may arise. We make an appeal to those participating in the strike to respect the rights of those who choose not to participate in such actions, and to refrain from intimidation or any other form of criminal behaviour.”
Meanwhile, there is a heavy police presence in and around the Johannesburg city centre especially at the Newtown precinct.
Many roads have been blocked off. Saftu members keep arriving at the meeting point from where they will march to the mayor’s office in the CBD.
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Saftu’s action is against the R20 minimum wage and amendments to the labour law.