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Cosatu calls for a downsize of Zuma’s Cabinet

A large crowd of demonstrators joined the march in demand of better working and living conditions.

Cosatu members hold up posters during a strike for decent work on Friday 7 October 2016. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has suggested President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet be downsized so that government can afford to improve the lives of citizens.

The trade union federation led a march to the Western Cape Legislature and Parliament where it handed over a list of demands.

Cosatu has highlighted the march and one-day strike coincide with the commemoration of International Decent Work Day.

A large crowd of demonstrators embarked on a one-day strike and joined the march in demand of better working and living conditions.

Cosatu's Western Cape Provincial Secretary Tony Ehrenreich says government has the financial capacity to provide better quality lives to all South Africans.

"There is money in our budgets, we must allocate it correctly and cut down the size of the Cabinet. Stop the perks on parliamentarians and spend the money on the people and not on the leaders anymore."

He says a starting point to release capital would be reducing the size of the executive.

Cosatu has also lambasted the current state of public transport, calling for urgent intervention.