The South African Police Allied Workers Union has put threats forward that mass riots may break out if the government go ahead with their plans to cut the state’s salary bill.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his budget speech last Wednesday, in the speech he mentioned that the state’s salarys could see cuts of R160 billion spread over the next three years.
In retaliation the union (Sapawu) have said they “will mobilize all public service unions and start mass protests in this war against the working class” they went on and said that the minister should find cuts elsewhere and “not to play with the salaries of civil servants”
Sapawu made the statement that civil servents should be protected as they are one of the poorest paid workers in South Africa, cutting their salaries would have create massive impacts on their lives.
In the defence of the budget cuts, President Cyril Ramaphosa came forward that he supported Mboweni’s proposal, but he clarified that the cuts were to “limit” salary increases instead of reducing existing salaries.