The chairperson of the African Security Congress Sibusiso Mchunu has dismissed a roadshow by the Department of Labour that is striving to draw attention to the national minimum wage.

Mchunu said the party, which organizes security officers, had been set up “because the department of labor does not listen to our complaints”.  He also said they disagree that migrants should get employment opportunities on the same basis as South Africans. “We are always complaining as South Africans there are no jobs in the country,” Mchunu said.

He was speaking at the department’s roadshow, which visited Pietermaritzburg on 25 April. Trade unions and other stakeholders were invited to the event, where the assistant director of the department in the city, Velaphi Mthimkhulu, said the minimum wage has come to effect. “If you are not paid according the national minimum wage, please come to our offices and lodge a complaint,” Mthimkhulu said.

The party is campaigning on the basis of insourcing security officers and cleaners, a minimum wage and an eight-hour shift. It has also been drawn to appear at the top of the ballot in the May 8 election. – Umgungundlovu FM (edited by Siya Motha)

African Security Congress supporters attend the minimum wage roadshow.
Velaphi Mthimkhulu from the Dept of Labour addresses the meeting
Velaphi Mthimkhulu from the Dept of Labour speaks to Thami Mayeni of Umgungundlovu FM
Sibusiso Mchunu talks to Thami Mayeni of Umgungundlovu FM