More are jobless since Zuma took office – Zille

2014-02-17 16:09

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The ANC under President Jacob Zuma has “given up” on creating jobs and is interested only in enriching itself and those connected to it, says Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille.

“This has contributed to the fact that 1.4 million South Africans have joined the ranks of the unemployed since the day President Zuma took office,” she said in a statement today.

The statement was issued at the launch of a new DA economic policy, The Plan for Growth and Jobs 2014.

Zille said one in four South Africans was unemployed at present.

“Around four out of every 10 live below the poverty line,” she said.

The country remained one of the most unequal societies in the world and was not achieving the levels of economic growth needed to change this situation. There were many constraints to growth.

“But underpinning them all is the fact that too many of our people are left out of the economy and are unable to make a contribution to driving growth because they can’t find work, they can’t access skills, they can’t start businesses and they lack capital assets,” she said.

The DA’s new plan would, if implemented, break down the barriers between these insiders and outsiders.

“In contrast, the ANC under Jacob Zuma has given up on jobs for everyone and is only interested in enriching themselves and their friends. In the Zuma ANC, jobs and opportunities go to people with connections.”

Zille said the number of people becoming unemployed every year was now five times higher than under Thabo Mbeki’s presidency.

Among other things, the DA’s new economic plan will accelerate economic growth by expanding opportunities for South Africans to participate in the economy and for businesses to invest, grow and trade – more particularly with the rest of Africa.

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