Zuma urged to focus on jobs, delivery
Cape Town - The Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) on Thursday urged President Jacob Zuma to pay particular attention to unemployment in his State of the Nation address at Parliament.
"As the YCLSA our major expectation is around the issue of unemployment as it still remains a ticking time bomb, particularly among young people," the league said.
In the first quarter of 2010 alone, the unemployment rate for South Africans aged 16 to 30 was 40%, compared to 16% for those aged 30 to 65.
"We are concerned with the increase in the number of people employed under labour brokers and this is a trend which is likely to continue if labour brokers are left to continue operating in the job market."
The YCLSA expected Zuma would be "resolute" in his address on unemployment and more importantly assert decent, permanent jobs.
"We hope the president will give direction in terms of the economy and more especially the new growth path and the target of creating jobs which is quite substantial given the current economic conditions," it said.
For its part, civil rights group AfriForum said Zuma's speech should focus on local service delivery.
"AfriForum hopes that President Zuma will focus adequately on the condition of municipalities... " spokesperson Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg said.
Zuma should explain to all South Africans what his government intended to do to end the "disastrous" municipal management all over the country.
"AfriForum would like to see President Zuma introducing a workable plan according to which service delivery can be undertaken," he said.
Such a plan should include a departure from the ruling party's policy of cadre redeployment, as well as serious consideration for bringing an end to affirmative action targets on municipal level, so all available capacity, experience and skills could be used by municipalities.