'Poverty, unemployment threatens SA democracy'

Hundreds of workers gathered for a May Day rally in Cape Town.

Cosatu protest. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Many members of the working class have been forced to take a back seat, the African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday.

Political parties addressed hundreds of workers at May Day rally in Cape Town, organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Workers cheered loudly when South African Communist Party provincial secretary Khaya Magaxa promised to support Cosatu in its fight against e-tolling and labour brokers.

Magaxa accused the Democratic Alliance of failing to represent the interests of the poor in the Western Cape.

"We know that the DA represents the interests of white capital."

Meanwhile, ANC National Executive Committee member Jessie Duarte reminded workers they needed to do their bit by supporting unions.

The National Union of Mineworkers General Secretary Frans Baleni said poverty and unemployment continued to threaten the country's democracy.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cosatu members marched to the Cape Chamber of Commerce to protest against labour broking.

Demonstrators then handed over a memorandum of demands to officials.

Cosatu also compared labour brokers to human traffickers, who make huge profits by treating workers as commodities.