PORT ELIZABETH – Some residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s Despatch have told Eyewitness News they will not be voting this Wednesday because politicians have failed to address poverty in the community.
Recent Stats SA Labour Force Survey puts the metro’s unemployment rate at 33.2 percent.
The Democratic Alliance (DA’s) mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, who campaigned in Despatch today, has promised 50,000 new jobs while African National Congress (ANC) counterpart and Mayor Danny Jordaan says addressing unemployment is high up on his priority list too.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 1, 2016
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s own figures state that 47.6 percent of the youth in the metro are unemployed.
Residents of the small town on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth complain that crime is on the rise in the community because many youngsters remain jobless.
Mavenine Landoe is one of the young people unable to find work.
“I came back from Johannesburg about three years ago, and I don’t have a job. I was a caregiver in Johannesburg.”
Many of the people who spoke to EWN complain that politicians have promised to change their situation but fail to follow through.
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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)