Demonstrations were organized in different cities of nine provinces of the country.

FILE: Cosatu members during a protest march. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – Members of the country’s two biggest union federations, Cosatu and Saftu, are expected to put aside their differences on Wednesday and take to the streets over rising cost of living.

Demonstrations were organized in different cities of nine provinces of the country.

Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said they would also use Wednesday to hold employers accountable.

Rising fuel prices and interest rates, as well as rising inflation, have left South Africans wondering how they will make ends meet.

Vavi said their planned protests for Wednesday targeted both the government and private businesses.

He argues that the public and private sectors of this country are not doing enough to address poverty, unemployment and inequality in the country.

“We’ve never seen these levels of unemployment, especially unemployment among youth and women. We’ve never seen these levels of poverty, and they’re being made worse by the rising cost of living,” Vavi said.

The Gauteng part of the demonstration is expected to start at Burgers Park in Pretoria and end at the Union Buildings.

Motorists are urged to take the necessary precautions.

Meanwhile, Cosatu in the Western Cape province said it plans to picket on Wednesday to demand better public transport.

The demonstration is part of a “national shutdown” to shed light on important issues facing South Africans, such as the rising cost of living and lack of public transport.

Cosatu Western Cape provincial chair Malvern de Braine said they were gathering at the Prasa offices to demand a more “functional, affordable, accessible and integrated public transport system”.

“We are going to march and protest in front of the offices because in 2020 we gave a memorandum to Prasa and the government, we made a couple of demands, to date they have not responded to our demands,” said De Bruyne. .

The Cape Town government said it was one of two marches planned for Wednesday.

Many others are expected to join Saftu’s march from Hanover Street at 10 a.m. to the provincial legislature and parliament.

Cosatu also called for a national shutdown.

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