It is known to all that the DA painted South Africa blue yesterday as they marched for the “millions of unemployed South Africans”. Speaking, the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane told the crowd to vote the DA for a change that will create jobs as the ANC, and President Zuma have long forgotten about the unemployed.
To that, the ANC has reacted, accusing the DA of mobilizing South Africans in order to uphold the existing “white privilege at the expense of the black majority”.
To the ANC, the DA has no interest whatsoever in creating jobs but are rather, using the job creation campaign to cover-up what the ANC regard as “protecting capital.”
Speaking on Wednesday night, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, commented that “the DA members are not focusing on jobs, they are protecting capital. If they were serious about jobs they would be marching to the Chamber of Mines and Chamber of Commerce.”
Based on what the ANC secretary-general said, the DA is tackling its job creation agenda in a negative way as they have failed to pay attention to the private sector.
“They should deal with employment creation holistically and focus on the private sector and say you still have 70 percent of the economy, please come up with clear programs of employment creation,” Mantashe stated.
Arguing that the DA wants the ANC government to create jobs that are not sustainable, the secretary-general postulated that the DA ought to join the ANC in its bid to create not just jobs, but those that are sustainable by demanding that the private sector contribute meaningfully to solving the unemployment problem in the country.
“If the issue at the end of the day is that the government must create jobs, then the government would be bloated. They must join us in the call that the private sector must be serious about employment creation,” he said.
Revealing that the ANC has resolved to do more in order to create a flourishing environment that will spring up multiple jobs that offers decent and sustainable living conditions, Mantashe as well disclosed that it was agreed on to avoid another credit ratings downgrade. Thus, the ANC government will move ahead with its investment on infrastructural development.
“It is the right time to invest heavily in infrastructure, which is not a cost but an investment. It becomes a problem if you increase consumers’ spending when there is a downturn,” he related.
According to him, South Africa “needs to deal with the threat of state capture, resolve governance problems in SOEs, implement stringent cost-cutting measures and consolidate the implementation of sound fiscal practices to strengthen the people’s confidence in the South African economy.”
“State capture is when people outside the state have heavy influence on the state and its institutions. The lekgotla has warned us to work against that and ensure that those institution operate as state institutions, and they must be protected from outside influence,” Mantashe explained.