Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma blames apartheid for the so many unemployed South Africans.
Responding to a question in Parliament from Democratic Alliance finance spokesman David Maynie, President Zuma argues that unemployment is a global problem.
He thereafter, indicated that the unemployment problem is like inequality in South Africa which are both rampant due to the evils of the white apartheid government.
Speaking after the Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were thrown out for disrupting the house, President Zuma blames apartheid and states that unemployment is high in the country because of the political historic problems.
“…Part of the people of the unemployed are unemployed because the Apartheid system did not allow the majority of this country to be skilled so that they are ready to work (and) create jobs.
That is why (unemployment in) South Africa looks like it is more exaggerated than in other places. It is a fact of history. Inequality is again, a problem of history,” the President added.
New data report from Statistics SA showed that South Africa’s unemployment rate skyrocketed in the first three months of this year with thousands losing their jobs and many more unable to get a job.
The Stats SA report estimated that not fewer than 5.7-million South Africans are actively looking for jobs but are unable to find any.
DA said the ruling party kicked against an opportunity to create jobs when they voted against the DA’s proposals to make adjustments of R9.52 billion to the 2016/17 budget which were aimed at improving the lives of people in South Africa.
“There are now 8.9 million jobless people in South Africa…This is the highest jobless number ever recorded in our country.
It is easy to regard these just as numbers but we can’t forget that this number represents people – fathers, mothers, young people – all without work, and fast losing hope in a shrinking economy,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane stated.