Job creation still a challenge, says ANC chief whip

2011-02-03 14:56

Job creation remained a challenge for the government, the chief whip of the ANC, Mathole Motshekga, said today.

“The creation of employment remains a challenge of the ANC government,” Motshekga said at a media briefing in Parliament on the outcomes of the ANC Parliamentary Caucus’s three-day lekgotla.

“The ANC has put job creation, through meaningful economic transformation, on top of its priority list from this year,” he said.

Motshekga said the ANC in Parliament would closely monitor job creation plans by national departments, which would be asked to make submissions on the number of jobs to be created.

This would be done to ensure that the government delivered on the promise to create 500 000 jobs by the end of this year, he said.

“We will also follow and intervene where necessary as Parliament.”

Motshekga said Parliament would interact with communities to ensure delivery was taking place.

“We will compare information we get from the people with government reports ... and we will make sure [job creation] is reflected on the ground.

“This reaffirms the activist character of Parliament. We will not solely rely on reports.”

The lekgotla also resolved that Parliamentary Democracy Offices (PDOs) should be disbanded with immediate effect.

PDOs served as a tool, for the past 10 years, to promote and entrench democracy, and promote a better public understanding of the role of Parliament.

“While we appreciate the noble intentions behind this initiative, the lekgotla took a strong view that the responsibility of constituency interaction and service rests only with elected representatives, who serve on behalf of the people,” said Motshekga.

“The general ineffectiveness and failure of these PDOs since they were introduced clearly illustrates this point.”

The lekgotla also committed itself to ensure that Parliament continued to strive for the transformation of international bodies such as the Pan African Parliament, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the International Parliamentary Union.

“This will include making our Parliament’s voice heard on international issues through these parliamentary forums.

“In this regard, we will review and enhance our participation in the Pan African Parliament .”

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