Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma’s biggest disgrace as the country’s leader is the increase in youth unemployment, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.
"The biggest disgrace under Zuma's presidency has not been the millions squandered at Nkandla. It's not the Guptas' landing at Waterkloof airbase.
"It's not his allowing Omar al-Bashir to escape. It's not his failure to comply with the Public Protector's report.
"It's not his push to sign off on a trillion-rand nuclear deal. It's not the Gupta brothers offering Cabinet posts.
"It's not even the crash of the rand following Nenegate," Maimane said in a speech prepared for delivery in Khayelitsha on Saturday morning.
"The biggest disgrace is that under President Zuma's presidency two million more South Africans have joined the ranks of the unemployed."
He said the hopes of finding a job for the 8.9 million unemployed South Africans had "all but evaporated".
Maimane said there was a lack of will and an inability to defeat the unemployment crisis.
He said the older generation ought to be the shoulders on which young people stood, to go further in shaping the society South Africans had dreamed of in 1994.
However, it was difficult to celebrate the youth and to have meaningful discussions about our country's future without acknowledging the jobs crisis, he said.
The opposition leader was leading a youth blitz in the Western Cape township following his Gauteng visit to commemorate those who had died during the June 16, 1976 uprising in Soweto which subsequently spread to other townships, including Alexandra.
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