Thousands turn out for Saftu national strike in Joburg and Cape Town.

The Saftu nationwide strike is currently underway and there are no reports of intimidation and violence in the Cape Town CBD.

This is according to EWN reporter Graig-Lee Smith who says the strike has been peaceful.

He reports that protesters were warned to be peaceful especially around Parliament as it is a national key point.

Smith says protesters, in solidarity with the Water Crisis Coalition, are currently at the Cape Town Civic Centre where they will be handing over a memorandum to the City of Cape Town officials.

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The protesters are demanding three things. Firstly they are rejecting the R49.1 billion budget, saying that the City could spend more money on housing. They have criticised the water management regarding Day Zero, saying that the City didn't do enough to secure water. And finally, they are rejecting the proposed minimum wage of R20 an hour.

Craig-Lee Smith, EWN reporter

Just over a thousand people have gathered in the city centre to join the strike, says Smith.

In Johannesburg, protesters have just arrived at the offices of Premier David Makhura, says EWN reporter Mia Lindeque.

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It's a massive turn up. Zwelinzima Vavi said it is more than they expected. He says they applied for a permit of 7500 people but it looks like its way more than that.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque says it looked like the marshals were struggling to control the crowd at some point.

To hear the rest of the reports on the Saftu strike, listen below:


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