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SaftuEWN reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it will stand up against new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni if he moves to sheds jobs in the civil service.  

Mboweni revealed at the weekend that government spends 80% of its budget on the salaries of public servants.  However, Saftu’s general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said this was not true.  Other unions have also criticised Mboweni for his comments, calling on him to focus instead on reducing the size of Cabinet.  The minister will table his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on Wednesday, just a couple of weeks after taking up the helm at National Treasury.  Vavi stated that Mboweni has declared war on workers:  “We can’t afford more children in classrooms.  We can’t less police than what we need.  We can’t have less prison wardens than we need.  This is a declaration on the poor.”

  • This short report by Mia Lindeque is at EWN

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