Saftu national strike cities

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National strike SA: Major disruption expected in NINE cities on Wednesday

Hundreds of thousands of SA citizens have been told to join a national strike on Wednesday: Many cities now face traffic problems, and serious overcrowding.

Saftu national strike cities

Photo: Saftu / Twitter

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will lead a mass ‘stay-away protest’ on Wednesday, as hundreds of thousands of unionised workers will be encouraged to take part in a national strike before Tito Mboweni delivers the 2021 Budget speech. The planned demonstrations will lead to major traffic issues – and overcrowding in many city centres.

Why is there a national strike?

It’s not just pandemic frustrations at the heart of these demonstrations. A perceived erosion of workers’ rights, soaring levels of unemployment, and unchallenged acts of government corruption top the list of grievances. All in all, Saftu is pretty gatvol with the state of South Africa under ANC rule. We suspect they’re not alone in those feelings…

Those who are taking part will be asked to avoid from their workplaces on Wednesday. Alongside the ‘stay-away’ action, thousands will be exploiting the relaxed Level 3 guidelines, to assemble in socially-distanced protests across several major cities. On Tuesday, Saftu published their plans for each individual protest – promising to ‘shut down’ Mzansi.

Saftu latest: Where will the national strike take place on Wednesday 24 February?


  • Johannesburg: Picket demonstrations at CCMA Office (10:00), march to JHB central police station at 12:30.
  • – Pretoria: Protests will be held at three hospitals (Steve Biko, Jubliee, George Mukhari), and outside the Treasury.
  • – Sedibeng: Gathering at ArcelorMittal for 8:00, before crowds move to the Department of Labour.

Eastern Cape and North West

  • – Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is expecting to see protests ‘on both sides of the N2’.
  • – East London: A march to City Hall and a demonstration outside of the local legislature is planned.
  • – Mahikeng: During the national strike, a memorandum will be handed over to the NW Premier’s Office at 10:00.

KZN and Free State

  • – Durban to Pietermaritzburg: A convoy will travel from DBN Central, to picket the provincial legislature in PMB.
  • – Bloemfontein: A motorcade will reach the regional Department of Labour, with pickets at the Public Service Commission.

Western Cape

  • Cape Town: The national strike’s ‘March to Parliament’ will take place ahead of Tito Mboweni’s Budget speech at 14:00.