Zuma would laugh if asked about SA jobs - Maimane

2016-01-27 14:36
DA leader Mmusi Maimane (Mpho Raborife, News24)

DA leader Mmusi Maimane (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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WATCH: Thousands of DA supporters march for jobs in Joburg

2016-01-27 13:32

A sea of blue made its way through the streets of Johannesburg on Wednesday morning, as DA supporters marched for jobs. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma would laugh if asked about job creation in South Africa, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday. 

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"If you had to ask Zuma right now where the jobs were, he would reply by saying 'hehe'," he said, mimicking the president's laugh.

Maimane told thousands of Democratic Alliance members, who had marched through the streets of the Johannesburg CBD, that South Africans could not say they were free when 8.3 million people were struggling to find jobs. 

He said he hoped Zuma could see that the youth had lost hope in him. 

"They are now saying 'genoeg is genoeg' [enough is enough], and they are joining the blue brigade.

"It is time for a change. We are saying Zuma must fall, [and] the ANC must fall. 

- PICS: DA march for jobless South Africans

Earlier, the marchers made their way from the Westgate transport tub, to two blocks away from the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters, where they were addressed by DA leaders. 

Maimane said the ANC was riddled with councillors who dished out jobs based on one's party membership. 

"They get into government to say 'where can we eat?', and we want to get into government to say 'where can our people eat?', because it is them we serve." 

He said the Midvaal, which was the DA's only municipality in Gauteng, would "remain blue". 

Athol Trollip, DA mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay in the upcoming local government elections, told the crowd in English and Zulu, that the ANC had broken the promises it had made to the people. 

"Under the ANC's leadership, they have killed our children's education and in turn killed their chances of getting jobs," he said. 

"We want the people of South Africa to see that the DA is serious about creating jobs and improving our country's economy." 

The party's mayoral candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, told the crowd that small businesses were essential to the country's economy. 

"By marching with us today, you are saying that the DA is going to bring a change."

As the sea of blue marchers made their way through the streets of Johannesburg earlier, what appeared to be camera suspended on a wire moved above their heads as they held aloft placards with slogans like, "DA for jobs" and "Vote for change". 

Maimane read from cue cards while looking into a camera during the march. 

A plane flew overhead pulling a DA banner with the message "Together for jobs".

Some danced and sang songs. Others made their displeasure with Zuma clear by singing "Fokof Zuma".

The thousands ranged from youngsters in their 20s, to men and women in their 50s and 60s.  

Some women in the crowd said they were taking part in the march because they wanted to see their children getting jobs and helping their families. 

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