Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, received a hostile welcome from some Daveyton residents during the World Aids Day event.
The deputy, accompanied by a delegation of ministers, was booed as he took to the podium to address the large group at the Mabina Stadium.
Among those booing the deputy president were the Community volunteers working with HIV-infected youth who said they had not been paid for seven months.
The large crowed held out placards which read “7 months without pay”, “Voetsek to the minimum wage” and “We want our money now” as they went on with their noisome show of approval.
Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina pleaded with the crowd to calm down.
“I will come and listen to your concerns, but we must let the programme continue,” Masina said to the relentless crowed.
Masina, along with a squad of bodyguards, then marched to the stands with the volunteers. He was soon chased away by the crowd.
The mood of the crowd shifted soon after Ramaphosa started his address, when he said he and government were working towards addressing the concerns of community workers.
Upon hearing this, the crowd responded by giving a resounding cheer as Ramaphosa explained that government was in the process of attending to the minimum wage bill proposal
At least 2 000 people attended the event. Also in attendance was Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, news24 reported.
Meanwhile, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against AIDS virus has kicked off in South Africa.
The clinical trial which began on Wednesday and is one of the biggest clinical trials involving the disease ever undertaken.
It’s beign carried out by the US National Institutes of Health, the South African Medical Research Council, Sanofi Pasteur the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.