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ramaphosaNews24 reports that the jubilant screams and cheers for ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at Cosatu’s May Day rally were a stark contrast to last year’s heckling of then president Jacob Zuma.  

"This is the day when all of us, as South Africans, take off our hats and say 'thank you'," said Ramaphosa as he too removed his black baseball cap while addressing the trade union members.  He went on to say:  "Thank you for all the work that you do… because in the end you are the people that make South Africa work.  We say to you: 'We respect you; we love you; we support you; we want to continue walking this journey with you'."  Ramaphosa’s gesture inspired a warm response in the crowd.  At Tuesday’s event, Ramaphosa used his speech to defend the national minimum wage.  He said that while the stipulation of R20 an hour was not a living wage, it was a move which would lift 6.6 million workers who were currently earning below this.  He stated that if the minimum amount had been too high, too many people would have lost jobs and companies would have to close.  Regarding amendment to the Labour Relations Act, Ramaphosa said that while the right to strike had to be protected, important services had to be allowed to continue, and property that belonged to all citizens should not be damaged.

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