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Cosatu controlling alliance, claims DA

2012-07-26 22:20

Johannesburg - The ANC's stance on the youth wage subsidy showed that Cosatu was controlling the alliance, the DA said on Thursday.

"The secretary general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe has now come out against the youth wage subsidy," Democratic Alliance MP Tim Harris said in a statement.

"This is the latest indication that Cosatu [Congress of SA Trade Unions] is calling the shots in the tripartite alliance, and seriously undermining President Jacob Zuma’s authority."

According to a report in Business Day, Mantashe said the R5bn set aside for the youth wage subsidy should be "accessible" to fund "other interventions" to alleviate youth unemployment.

In 2010, Zuma announced that the government would table a proposal to subsidise the cost of hiring younger workers, to encourage firms to take on inexperienced staff. This was budgeted for by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in that year's budget.

Harris said just minutes after Zuma's speech, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters that he objected to the subsidy.

"It is a sad state of affairs that today the president's proposal has been shelved, while Mr Vavi's opposition to the policy has prevailed.

The direct cost of this is borne by the more than 400 000 young people who will not benefit from the subsidy," said Harris.

The youth wage subsidy was formally rejected at the African National Congress' policy conference in June.

Harris said the final nail in the coffin came when Mantashe said that the R5bn budgeted for the subsidy should be used to fund other initiatives.

"It is now clear that Cosatu’s authority in the tripartite alliance trumps the needs of our most desperate citizens - the unemployed young people - who simply want an opportunity to get a foot onto the employment ladder," he said.

Comments
  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-27 13:07

    Say one thing and do another...typical of the anc....yes I think when you have been a FREEDOM FIGHTER, you will find you don't have solutions to political issues...so you would be groping for some form of direction... Cosatu are very verbal, therefor anc would go along with Cosatu proposals, even if it might be totally the wrong thing to do. On CNN today, they interviewed a successful Arab Nation gentleman, who had in a matter of months turned a failing network of telecom, postal, and IT subsidiary into a world leading state of the art Network....and the question asked of this gentleman was....What helped you to achieve this success? His answer...."The country I live in has a stable government, with available funds that they willingly contributed to this project, having the common sense to realize how vital this commodity was to our country. I couldn't help thinking...WISH WE HAD a stable country and funds, with common sense leaders....why is it possible in other countries and not here?

      alf.pop - 2012-08-11 19:57

      It is impossible in South Africa, because the alliance need unemployed people to toy toy, march, loot, destroy etc. As Zuma said it is all Verwoerd's fault! The funds are used for supporting the 4 femail Zuma wrestlers and his dozens of kids. It is high time that the young people realise that the ANC "lead" government does not give a damn whether they and their families starve and live in squalour, as long as our cabinet members can spend tax money as if there is no tomorrow.

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-07-30 18:41

    useless DA,u know nothing about the working class that s y\r\n u are supporting the youth wage subsidy.U dont know the damage that will be caused by this useless idea to our community as it will suit the capitalist like u and ur colligues.U use this to win support of our brothers fooling them that u can do best for them hence u know u champion capitalist than the working class.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-08-10 06:00

    The leadership of the ANC are running around like headless chickens. They don't know how to run the country that is why we need change. The DA would get us back on track. They are proving that they are very capable and would work for all the people of the country.

  • johan.shaw.77 - 2012-08-10 08:20

    Give the 5bn to fatboy to use in his fight for economic freedom. Surely he would be able to free himself and two mates with this kind af cash....then again, probably not enough

  • tom.khoza.3 - 2012-08-10 08:58

    mmm

  • scottfamily - 2012-08-11 19:30

    well done DA, for championing forward and exposing the shortfalls of the ANC and it's alliances, tell me.as a DA supporter, when are you going to start doing something and less talking, show the other wards around the country that the DA can do more than complain. You forget, the people are tired of promises, so start doing to show

  • gareth.cupido - 2012-09-10 13:35

    Ok Benifit of the subsidy companies will hire young people with no skills, thats nice. Down side, companies will have to start retrenching older staff, staff inbetween 45-60 that most likely have more than 1 dependant and will struggle to find work again. What will happen is we'll swop one class of umemployement for another.

  • gareth.cupido - 2012-09-10 13:36

    Ok Benifit of the subsidy companies will hire young people with no skills, thats nice. Down side, companies will have to start retrenching older staff, staff inbetween 45-60 that most likely have more than 1 dependant and will struggle to find work again. What will happen is we'll swop one class of umemployement for another.

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