Helen Zille: Corruption and unemployment are linked

2014-05-01 14:49

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Corruption is directly linked to unemployment, DA leader Helen Zille told a crowd at the party’s rally on Workers’ Day in Galeshewe, Kimberley.

“Corruption makes the services collapse, and then nobody wants to invest, and that means no jobs are created,” Zille said.

Zille and other DA leaders, including Lindiwe Mazibuko, Wilmot James, Patricia de Lille and Northern Cape leader Andrew Louw spoke to a crowd that was slightly smaller than the 3 000 people the party had provided for – many of whom were bused in from elsewhere in the sparsely-populated and vast province.

She spoke mostly in Afrikaans to the largely coloured and black crowd.

Zille said President Jacob Zuma had promised to create 6 million job opportunities, but under him, 1.4 million people had lost their jobs.

She also accused the ANC, which is in a coalition with labour federation Cosatu, of caring about the workers more than the unemployed.

“We are celebrating Workers’ Day today, but we are also being mindful of the 7 million people who wished they had jobs. Many people wish they had a job to go back to tomorrow,” she said.

DA leaders said they wanted to see an 8% growth rate, which would lead to more investment and job creation by the private sector.

The rally was used mainly for electioneering.

“Stick to the blue because the blue remains true,” Zille said.

She also twisted the words of a song that was played at the rally. The Afrikaans song said: “DA kom haal my [DA come fetch me]”, but Zille said it was the people of the Northern Cape who should fetch the DA with their votes.

Lunch was handed out outside the stadium to those who attended the rally.

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