Opposition:‘Where are the jobs?’

2013-03-02 00:00

WHERE are the jobs and why is the ANC failing women and children?

These were two of the themes pushed by opposition parties during yesterday’s state of the province debate.

IFP provincial leader Blessed Gwala said his party would monitor the promised infrastructure projects for value for money and economic justification. “I say this because we have been building large public infrastructure projects for many years, but we are yet to see the jobs all this infrastructure galore is supposed to be creating,” he said.

DA KZN leader Sizwe Mchunu dismissed Premier Zweli Mkhize’s address as lacklustre. The DA is not convinced that KZN was in a good state.

However, Mchunu’s comments prompted the wrath of Finance MEC Ina Cronje and her education counterpart Senzo Mchunu.

They accused him of only seeing the negative in the provincial government’s work.

The Congress of the People’s Lucky Gabela said job creation and reduction of unemployment were key social challenges. Resources should be focused on the economy’s productive sector to create decent jobs, Gabela said.

The ACDP’s Jo Ann Downs accused the ANC of failing women and children.

“If I was in the ANC’s shoes, I would have done something long ago to act against the violence against women.”

Downs applauded King Goodwill Zwelithini, who earlier this week said he was ashamed that elderly women and children were being raped in the province.

In his reply, Mkhize focused on the issues raised by Downs and warned about politicising the issue of violence against women.

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