AFRICANGLOBE – Black South Africans are still poor while the country celebrates 20 years of democracy in 2014, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said.
“Twenty years later, Blacks are still not free,” he said.
“Twenty years later, Black people are still trapped in squalor, unsafe and unhealthy conditions.”
Malema was addressing thousands of EFF supporters at the packed Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa today during the party’s manifesto launch.
He was welcomed to the stage with singing and dancing.
Malema told supporters that the majority of blacks were still landless and hopeless.
“Twenty years later, young and old black workers are still subjected to slave wages and dangerous working conditions in the mines, farms, [and] factories.”
Malema said it was up to the EFF to offer and deliver hope and inspiration to the people of South Africa.
He said the party was an organisation and movement for all people and the time had come for South Africans to share equally in the wealth of the country.
“Now is the time to bury corruption and self-enrichment of politicians.”
In terms of jobs, Malema said his party believed all jobs in the country should be permanent.
The EFF would implement legislation that would ensure this.
He said an EFF-led government would implement a minimum wage of R4 500 across the board for all full-time workers.
“Mine workers will earn R12 500 per month, farm workers R5 000 per month, manufacturing workers R6 500 per month,” he said.
Retail workers would get R5 000 a month while builders would earn R7 000.
Malema said there would be equal pay for equal work irrespective of gender, race, class and place of origin.