IFP Concerned by Government’s Failure to Decrease Unemployment

31 July 2013    


The IFP is concerned by Government’s failure to tackle the high rate of unemployment that is increasing instead of decreasing. Statistics SA has revealed that the number of South Africans who are unemployed rose to 4.723 million in the second quarter of 2013.


IFP Spokesperson on Economic Development, Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, said, “Rising unemployment is a clear indication that Government’s efforts are not yielding any results. As long as this Government is in place, South Africans are going to continue living in very serious conditions of poverty. In 2009 when President Zuma stepped into office he promised to create 500 000 jobs by the end of the year. Instead, the economy lost 1 million jobs in that period.”


Hlengwa added, “Ever since then it has been a downward spiral. Government needs to look at the structure of the economy, particularly the labour laws, which are rigid, making it very difficult for people to find employment. It is also making it difficult for businesses to operate in South Africa because the conditions are not conducive. This is evident by the fact that unemployment is not going down.”


“The IFP is concerned by this because the spinoff of high levels of unemployment is an increase in crime, drug abuse and despondency. The youth are being dissuaded from pursuing education, because they see even those with degrees and diplomas sitting at home, doing nothing. It is a major failure of this Government and South Africans need to take a serious look at the type of government that we have and the type of policies they have proposed,” concluded Hlengwa.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Economic Development, Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa, 083 871 2711


Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’ Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252