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protestANA reports that SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday warned the government to prepare for a two-day general strike.  

This would take place if workers' rejection of the proposed R20 hourly rate minimum wage was not heeded and the introduction of a strike-balloting provision in the Labour Relations Act was not scrapped.  "We will not allow anybody to touch our right to strike...  if they do not listen to us today comrades, we will come back for two days...  We are going to take buses, taxis, trains and come here.  We will not leave town until our rights are guaranteed,” Vavi told workers.  A sea of red engulfed the Johannesburg CBD as marchers made their way to government departments, the Chamber of Mines and Gauteng Premier David Makhura's office to hand over memorandums of demands, top of which was a higher minimum wage.  Marchers, who included supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters, took over major towns, handing over their demands.  President Cyril Ramaphosa was not spared as workers mocked him through placards, accusing him of short-changing workers.  Saftu's rival Cosatu distanced itself from the strike, saying that it supported the proposed minimum wage.  Another union federation, Fedusa, accused Saftu of "grandstanding".

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