Gauteng’s 4.9 million unemployed cannot get ahead under the ANC

Figures released today by StatsSA indicate that unemployment in Gauteng is soaring to unprecedented levels.

The current expanded unemployment figure, which also includes those who have given up looking for work sits at 35%, or 4.9 million people.

Year-on-year, 196 000 more people in Gauteng find themselves in the grip of unemployment, unable to provide for themselves or their families.

The reasons behind the massive increase in joblessness can be solely laid at the feet of the ANC-led Gauteng Provincial Government.

Their out of touch reality was exemplified by ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule who admitted that only now has the party woken up to the realisation that unemployment is skyrocketing.

Policy uncertainty, a lack of support for SMMEs, poorly run entities like the Gauteng Enterprise Propellor and poor financial administration within government departments have all contributed to this dismal state of affairs.

This clearly shows that under the ANC, in spite of its so-called Transformation, Modernization and Re-Industrial programme it has not instilled the confidence in the private sector to invest, and has not created an environment conducive to economic growth.

The DA will continue to ensure that it plays an active role in holding this government to account and provide viable, realistic plans to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

ANC Regional Secretary Must Pay Back Unlawful Second Salary

Bheki Ngobese

The DA will write to Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile and ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to demand an explanation why an ANC official receives salaries from both the party and the Sedibeng District Municipality.

Mr Bheki Ngobese, resigned from the Sedibeng District Municipality after being elected to the position of Regional Secretary for the ANC on 5 November 2014, but still receives a salary from Sedibeng.

The ANC position is a full-time salaried job, and while the exact package is unknown, it is alleged to be similar to that of a Mayor or Member of a Mayoral Committee.

Since assuming his ANC position in November 2014, Mr Ngobesi has reportedly been paid more than R900 000 from Sedibeng.

Mr Ngobesi’s second salary is illegal, and clearly shows how the ANC in Gauteng abuses state resources to enrich its party faithful.

The only way to resolve this is to force Mr Ngobesi to immediately pay back the R900 000.

The DA will continue to pursue this matter on municipal and provincial level, and will not hesitate to lay criminal charges against Mr Ngobesi if he refuses to pay back the money.


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Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Emfuleni

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Tshwane ANC Violence: DA Calls For Calm

Violence in City of Tshwane

Tonight I call for calm in the City of Tshwane after the violence that erupted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Hammanskraal today – over the ANC’s imposed Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza – escalated this evening.

The DA condemns the factions within the ANC that are fanning the flames of violence.

Tshwane burns this evening as a result of a party at war with itself. That war has now spilled onto our streets, placing the people of Tshwane at risk.

This violence is a symptom of ANC factionalism and in-fighting after President Zuma and Luthuli House defied the local ANC by imposing an outsider to run for the Mayor of the Capital. The collateral damage in this battle for power are the people of Tshwane.

Inherent Factionalism

These are not the actions of a party that can move this City forward. This ANC infighting and obscene violence shows why we need change in Tshwane.

This mess is of Luthuli House’s making; the national leadership of the ANC must now step in and step up to prevent any loss of life and further damage to property.

I challenge ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to intervene and stop the ANC infighting spilling further onto the streets of our City.

Let us put the future of Tshwane first and put the factionalism inherent to the ANC behind us.

On 3 August 2016 let us vote for change that will move this City forward again.
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Motheo Mtimkulu
Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign
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