Editorial
2 minute read
3 May 2021
5:13 am

R30 per day is borderline slave wage – Little to celebrate on Workers’ Day

Editorial

Even though the cruelty allegations go back to 2014, Thandi Modise should hang her head in shame because R30 a day is a borderline slave wage.

Thandi Modise at the State Capture Commission in Braamfontein, 19 April 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

There was an outcry from animal lovers about the acquittal of National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise on charges of animal cruelty The Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court accepted the defence argument that the neglect of the animals, which resulted in the deaths of many of them, was down to Modise’s manager. While that may or may not be correct – that she can escape all blame entirely – the more shocking fact to emerge from the case was that the manager, Tebogo Mokaedi, was working for a pittance of just R30 a day ...and that he had eventually left the farm –...