Democratic Alliance head Mmusi Maimane says that it is “unjustifiable” and wrong for employers to get their domestic workers to walk their dogs.
“Went for a run this am. It’s astounding how many domestic workers are walking their employers dogs. It’s in my view, wrong and unjustifiable,” Maimane said on social media site, Twitter, on Tuesday.
The DA lead’s comment immediately sparked debate on the social media platform as users either agreed with him, or pointed out potential flaws in his statement.
Here are some of the most popular responses:
@MmusiMaimane Whats wrong with it? I have a friend whos job it is to walk other households dogs, it that wrong as well?
— Mina (@MGDGroot) December 13, 2016
@MmusiMaimane. They trying to make an honest living. A dog groomer is paid to groom dogs of other people so that is wrong too i guess.
— Adrian Manchest (@AdrianManchest) December 13, 2016
@MmusiMaimane And both the pet and the person walking the pet benefit from it. I think it’s a win win situation. Or am I missing something ?
— jaded (@jadedlynx7) December 13, 2016
— Justice4All (@Unathi_Kwaza) December 13, 2016
@MmusiMaimane serious question..why? If you hire someone to help you do the stuff you don’t have time to do, then is walking the dog so bad?
— Uni (@ICodeIRide) December 13, 2016
— #JZ783 (@anti_ANC) December 13, 2016
@MmusiMaimane completely agree. If you you’re too busy to walk your dogs, you’re too busy to own your dogs.
— Nic Haralambous (@nicharry) December 13, 2016
More than one million domestic workers are employed in South Africa – often without contract, which can lead to exploitation, particularly when it comes to pay and hours worked.
In order to help address the latter issue, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa noted last month, that a panel of advisors on the national minimum wage had settled on a proposed figure of R3,500 per month.
That amounts to approximately R20 per hour.