The media reported that the DA’s jobs march was a publicity stunt. But it was a dramatic expression by an estimated 8000 DA marchers to highlight a national crisis.
The country needs to march to a different beat particularly when it comes to dealing with the unemployment catastrophe that faces our country. The DA march’s objective was to contrast the difference between the ANC’s offer of 6 million temporary work opportunities as opposed to the DA’s offer of 6 million REAL JOBS.
Unless we can grow our economy at a faster pace we will not be able to make a major dent in joblessness. Under Jacob Zuma’s ANC our economy is very much in the doldrums and only growing at 2%, where the average for Sub-Saharan Africa is over 5%.
We clearly have the wrong policy mix when it comes to economic growth and the DA march was a dramatic statement to put this issue firmly on the public agenda.
The ANC had no respect for the law and organised its own illegal and violent protest exposing their undemocratic tendencies to South Africa and the world.
Next week the Democratic Alliance will be launching its manifesto where we will clearly spell out our alternative plans for job creation.
Bobby Stevenson, MPL
DA Chief Whip, Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature
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