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The Shoprite 8

The Shoprite 8

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These young moms are employed as cashiers and paid R2400 a month. In impoverished areas it is common practice for customers to tip cashiers as people sympathise with each other's economic struggles. (Try living in Cape Town on R2,400 per month!)

In this particular case, 8 cashiers from Shoprite in Pelican Park, an impoverished community on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, were arrested for accepting tips. They were intimidated into "confessing" that they "stole" the money, then handcuffed and made to spend a night in jail. One of these ladies is pregnant, one breast feeding, one recently miscarriaged, and all of them have children at home. Many are the sole bread winners of their families.

Aunty Aleanor runs the Community Issues Group for Pelican Park. She is out at night on foot, patrolling with other mothers, to tackle the TIK epidemic (and getting results!). During the day she fights for these 8 Shoprite cashiers. She is not happy about how Shoprites' directors are treating "her girls"!

Watch Gender Violence Video here.

With criminal charges still pending, the ladies can't find any other employment. This means that until they are proven innocent, they don't have any means of providing for their families - no savings, not even money for transport to take them to the court and other meetings necessary to fight for their cause.

This whole situation is representative of a larger problem we are facing in South Africa: structural inequality in our country is reinforced daily by the economically powerful manifesting this kind of attitude towards people who can't fend for themselves. We ask for your investment in these young South African women to restore their dignity and self-worth.

Weekly Target for the girls: R6000

We seek investment in a real South African hero: Auntie Aleanor is fighting crime and drugs while most of us are fast asleep at night! She strongly believes that "women are powerful" and asks for some torches and night safety vests to help her and other mothers keep the streets on the Cape Flats safe at night. Perhaps this could catch on in other suburbs and it might stop crime spilling over into yours! Your donation will go towards helping Aunty Eleanor fighting for her community and for the Shoprite ladies.

Weekly Target for The New Horizon Community Forum: R2000

Let us use what happened to the Shoprite 8 as a beacon of hope for all cashiers, petrol attendants, drivers, all lowest paid workers THROUGHOUT South Africa. They have already spurred on requests for national law through impact litigation to protect any worker who receives a tip.

Funds received over target will fund a national minimum wage to R40/hr campaign, for all cashiers working in profitable corporations. e.g Shoprite 2016 profit: 4500 million rand.

Whilst this may seem as only addressing a small part of a big problem, it will act like air conditioning which cools 10% of the air in a room, bringing the ENTIRE room's temperature down. Expect a reduction in inhumane acts like murder, theft and violence when there is a mass investment in the poor. Let us ask the courts and those left in government that still care about workers, to send a clear message that the lowest paid are the real celebrities of our nation - our Human Celebrity Resources.

For enquiries please contact Aunty Aleanor: 074 724 7373 or Mario: 084 9966668

Donations

  • Oct 02, 2017 - R 205.64
  • ""The unity of the bourgeoisie can be shaken only by the unity of the proletariat."" - BF

  • Sep 29, 2017 - R 308.46
  • "The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains" - Ru

  • Sep 27, 2017 - R 110.00
  • "Keep up the pressure." - Cedric

  • Sep 27, 2017 - R 300.00
  • "Apathy is the worst kind of violence." - SEES

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Donations to date

R 924.10

Fundraising target

R 16 000.00
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