South African President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to improve conditions for workers and the poor, saying he had heard the grievances of miners who drove him from a May Day celebration. The protesters held up placards demanding a pay rise and chanted "Cyril must go" during a televised ceremony organised by the country's largest union at a stadium in the northern town of Rustenberg. He was quickly led away from the stadium by police and his security.
"I was... unable to address the gathering because workers there had grievances that they expressed loudly and clearly'', the head of state said in a weekly newsletter. "While the main grievance appeared to be about wage negotiations at nearby mines, the workers' actions demonstrated a broader level of discontent'', he said. — AFP