Children join DA march

2014-02-12 16:34

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Children as young as three years old joined the DA’s march for 6 million “real jobs” in Joburg today.

Dudee Kholopane (24) from the Free Sate woke up at 4am to get her three-year-old son ready so that they could attend the march.

“I am not worried about my child’s safety because this will be a peaceful march,” she said before the event, which ended abruptly when police used stun grenades to disperse a crowd of ANC supporters.

Kholopane, who is a qualified healthcare worker, said she graduated last year from college and hadn’t been able to find a job.

“I even put an ad in the Vista [local newspaper] to say I was looking for work, and still nothing,” she said.

Kholopane was one of many young DA members who came to show their support for the party.

Third-year political sciences student Lauren Jacobs skipped her lectures at the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape to join the rally.

“I’m tired of the ANC promising us phony short-term public works jobs,” she said. Jacobs said she was at the march because she was concerned about the failing economy and the rate of youth unemployment.

DA youth leader Mbali Ntuli, who had initially denounced the march, also took part.

Shouting “Viva DA, viva”, Aphane Nancy, a 21-year-old first-year electrical engineering student from Witbank, said she joined the DA in 2010 after years of empty promises from the ANC.

“I was tired of the ANC doing nothing for me. So I joined the DA in 2010 and 2012 they gave me an RDP house.”

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