Police were seen patrolling the streets ahead of today’s march.
Small groups of marchers with carrying sticks and rocks were seen this morning as they made their way to the Elandsfontein train station where they will gather and depart to join thousands of the Saftu affiliates at the Johannesburg leg of the march.
Numsa Local Secretary Thipitle Matemane denied reports of intimidation saying they were simply mobilising members to join them in the march.
“Our members have been well behaved and are marching from various points in the city so we can make our way to Johannesburg,” Matemane said.
He said the union is calling for government to implement R20 an hour minimum wage, saying anything less was an insult to all workers.
“That is not a living wage, it’s a slave wage and people can’t live on that sort of money and take care of their families. The government is trying to entrench a culture of poverty which our forefathers fought hard to dismantle,” he said.