DA Youth leader criticises party decision to march on Luthuli House

2014-01-22 16:56

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Dissent is brewing in the DA over a statement by its leader, Helen Zille, that 6 000 party members will be marching on Luthuli House in early February to “expose” the ANC’s election promise of six million job opportunities.

Zille said in the statement the promise was “bogus” and that her party would promise “real jobs”.

The march is planned for Tuesday, February 4, and the party has already informed the ANC and the Joburg metro about its intention to march.

But DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli has publicly criticised the decision to march, saying on Facebook and Twitter: “Not sure I agree with my party to march on Luthuli House. The ANC can say whatever they want in their manifesto. As can we.”

She told City Press she was speaking in her personal capacity but on Facebook she received support from DA and ANC members.

The DA marched on Cosatu’s headquarters about the youth wage subsidy in 2012 with disastrous results. Cosatu members waited for marchers and fighting ensued with some DA members injured. They never made it to Cosatu House to hand over their memorandum.

Zille’s spokesman Cameron Arendse said the decision to march was taken by Gauteng and national leadership.

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