SA pay dispute sparks mass strike

Tens of thousands of South African public sector workers have taken to the streets of Pretoria as part of a nationwide one-day strike.

Last week government employees rejected a 7% pay offer as they are pushing for a 8.6% rise.

By law, essential workers such as doctors and police officers are not allowed to strike, but many schools around the country were forced to close.

Dumisani Dukile, general secreatry of the main union federation in Gauteng, Cosatu, warned that it was possible more strikes would follow.

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