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ancANA reports that African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu on Thursday urged the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour to conduct its deliberations on the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) and labour law bills in closed meetings in a bid to protect its members from intimidation.  

A scuffle broke out on Wednesday when about 15 leaders of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) were evicted from a committee meeting after they staged a demonstration.  “The office of the ANC chief whip strongly condemns the actions of a group purported to have been members of the Saftu who disrupted a portfolio committee meeting in Parliament yesterday.  The thuggish behaviour of these protesters was deplorable, and must be treated with the disdain it deserves,” Mthembu said in a statement.  Saftu was due on Thursday to announce planned action to intensify its fight against the proposed NMW of R20 an hour.

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