Imraan Valodia and David Francis defend their primary role in advising the government to adopt the national minimum wage (NMW), which became law on January 1 (“Much too early to blame minimum wage for rising rate of joblessness”, May 24).

They submit a “not guilty” plea regarding the fact that Stats SA’s 2019 first-quarter figures show a leap in the broadly defined number of unemployed to a startling 9.994-million unfortunates, which included an additional 15,000 domestic workers.

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