Maimane: Unemployment biggest ANC failing in North West

2015-05-30 20:24
MMusi Maimane (Beeld)

MMusi Maimane (Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - The ANC’s biggest failing in the Northwest Province has been its failure to address unemployment.

The Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane told delegates at the party’s provincial congress in Hartebeespoort that the province’s staggering unemployment rate of 43.2% was indicative of the African National Congress’s failure in the province.

“They have failed the people of the North West in just about every single aspect of government delivery.”

“But the biggest failing of the people of the North West is the spiralling unemployment numbers. Last week Stats SA released their quarterly employment data and it made for grim reading indeed. Along with the Eastern Cape, the North West province has the highest broad unemployment rate in the country, at a staggering 43.2%.”

He said that many of the province’s working age population had simply given up working.

Maimane took the opportunity to accuse President Jacob Zuma of being uninterested in the plight of the families of miners killed in the Marikana tragedy.

“The families, friends and co-workers of the miners killed in the Marikana tragedy are still waiting for closure, and they are still waiting for justice. But our president doesn't see the urgency. He says he needs another month to apply his mind. This, after he’s been applying his mind for over a month already.”

He accused Zuma of mocking people who ask in the National Assembly what had become of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry report.

The inquiry, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, was tasked with investigating the August 2012 shooting of 34 striking miners by police in Marikana, North West.

“This is what it means to him that 34 miners were murdered and another 78 injured by his police force. To him, it’s an inconvenience. An irritation,” said Maimane.

He said that Zuma’s “irritation” would not last too much longer as the DA were gaining ground across the country.

Referring to the North West he pointed to the fact that the DA’s support in the province had grown by 43% in the five years between 2009 and 2014.

He said party members would need to work hard in the run-up to the 2016 municipal elections.

“If you compare 2014 with 2009, the DA has grown in every single municipality, while the ANC has shrunk in almost every one,” he said.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  jacob zuma  |  mmusi maimane  |  mahikeng  |  politcs

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
182 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.