What the DA tried ?to say?

2014-02-17 10:00

Last week the DA marched to Luthuli House to highlight Jacob Zuma’s failure to deliver on his jobs promise in 2009.

And we also marched to tell the nation we have the policies to solve South Africa’s unemployment crisis.

Each DA supporter who marched represented 1?000 unemployed South Africans.

This is the number of unemployed people who will benefit from the 6?million real jobs that will emerge within a decade if the DA is given the opportunity to implement its 8% economic growth policy.

Today there are 1.4?million more unemployed people since Jacob Zuma became president in 2009.

Last month alone, South Africa lost more than 36?000 jobs, mostly in manufacturing and construction.

It could all be different.

Where the DA governs, we already attract more investment that creates more jobs than anywhere else in South Africa.

This week, Stats SA released a report showing that out of the 98?000 new jobs created in the last quarter of 2013, 70% were in the Western Cape?–?and the DA governs in only one province.

But our success is not bound by region. On the other side of the country, the DA governs one municipality in Gauteng?–?Midvaal.

It has the lowest unemployment in the province.

Next week, the DA will be unveiling its plan to grow the economy and attract investment to create millions of real and permanent jobs within the course of a decade.

We are not afraid of making this commitment.

We believe it is possible to solve the crisis of widespread unemployment in our generation.

A leader must focus on the plight of the people. But President Jacob Zuma has to focus on his own difficulties.

The controversy surrounding Nkandla, corruption and the legal challenges that he faces overwhelm him.

His speech at the opening of Parliament was not a “state of the nation” address. It was an election speech.

And he did not present any big ideas to address the greatest crisis that we face?–?unemployment.

South Africa needs a government that cuts corruption, instils confidence and creates the conditions that attract investment and supports entrepreneurs to create the real jobs we so desperately need.

The DA will not rest until every young person in South Africa receives a real chance to use their talents to improve their lives and become the best they can be.

Zille is the leader of the DA

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