A group of workers demonstrated outside the Department of Labour offices against their deteriorating work conditions under covid-19.
Khayelitsha is the worst affected township in South Africa’s epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic with infections spreading through residential clusters or hotspots.
The long queues at Khayelitsha Mall were especially long and winding this week as the coronavirus temporarily closed two other retail centres in the biggest township in the Western Cape.
Trade unions lambast companies in South Africa for their their greed and disregard for workers’ rights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Deemed as essential workers under the Disaster Management Act, retail workers are getting infected by the coronavirus and they continue to work without medical aid and other benefits.
Informal meat traders at Embengweni in Khayelitsha were ordered to stop operating just three days after the ban on informal food sellers was lifted.