Unemployment the number one issue - Maynier

2015-08-12 15:57
David Maynier. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

David Maynier. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

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The president does not understand the extent of SA's unemployment crisis - Maimane

2015-08-12 11:11

Speaking in Johannesburg, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said President Jacob Zuma is unaware of the extent of South Africa's unempolyment crisis. WATCH.WATCH

Johannesburg - The DA's new finance spokesperson, David Maynier, wants to make unemployment an issue in Parliament.

"There are 7.4 million people who want to work [and] don't have work and that is the challenge which I now need to take to Parliament," he told News24 in Roodepoort on Wednesday.

"The biggest structural constraint on economic growth and jobs in South Africa is clearly the energy crisis and there are short term interventions which government can implement..."

Maynier is a long-serving Democratic Alliance MP and was the party's defence spokesperson for several years.

Under new party leader Mmusi Maimane, he was moved to the finance portfolio in June. Maynier said he was "delighted" about the move.

"I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's obviously a much bigger... more complex portfolio. Defence had a R48 billion per annum perspective. In finance, one has a R1.2 trillion perspective. So they are very different portfolios."

Speaking about President Jacob Zuma's mid-year review conference at the Union Buildings on Tuesday, Maynier said he was shocked to hear the country's leader say there was no "doom and gloom".

"It's simply not true for the president to argue that the factors constraining growth are mostly external. They are partly external, but there are major structural constraints on economic growth and jobs in South Africa, which we can do something about," he said.

"I was shocked that the president called a press conference and claimed that there was no doom and gloom when economic growth is declining, unemployment is increasing and inflation is increasing. The country is essentially caught in a low growth, high unemployment cycle."

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