Black Like Me founder and DA Joburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba, who grew up in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
Johannesburg – Job creation is the number one priority for DA mayoral candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, said on Wednesday.
He intended creating “thousands” of jobs in his first year in office by investing in infrastructure and supporting entrepreneurs, he told party members in a “march for jobs” to mayor Parks Tau’s office.
Mashaba, himself an entrepreneur behind a line of haircare products, said he would provide free transport to allow people to get to work and job interviews.
The DA’s supporters chanted “Zuma must fall” and “We want jobs” as they left Pieter Roos Park in Parktown. As they made their way through the inner city, people looked on from their windows.
Provincial DA leader John Moody said people’s lives would be change for the better on August 3, the date of the local government elections.
“We are believers, we believe change is here. Government is not the supplier of jobs, but the administration is,” Moody said.
The DA said on Tuesday that 869 000 Johannesburg residents were jobless. The march was intended to highlight Tau’s failure to create jobs and deliver on his promises, the party said in a statement.
Elias Mathoko, 36, who supported two children, said he desperately wanted a job.
“I’m here today because I want change in South Africa. I want to work. I have a lot of trust in the DA. Things might be better if we give white people a chance,” he said.
Mashaba said Tau spent millions on billboards and advertisements, but did nothing about unemployment in the city.
“He must be held accountable,” Mashaba said.