SACP Eastern Cape raises concern over high unemployment rate

FEBRUARY 12, 2015

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape says it is deeply concerned with unemployment in the province which has remained high despite a decrease nationally, according to the data released on Tuesday by Statistics South Africa.

According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday, the unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape rose by 3% to over 29% while nationally it dropped from 25.4% to 24.3% between October and December (Q4).

“We are deeply concerned with this sad reality as it hit more on the poor, it is a common cause that in South Africa a single employee supports an average of 7 people in a household.

“This also feed on the historical challenges of the Eastern Cape which was imposed upon us by the apartheid capitalism which kept this province as a reserve for cheap labour,” SACP Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi, said in a statement.

“These statistics are released after we have attended the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee Lekgotla from 08 – 09 February 2015.”

He said that the ANC PEC Lekgotla resolved to curb the challenge of unemployment through radical agrarian reform and food production, massive infrastructure rollout and many other means.

“We are of the firm view that if all the resolves of the ANC PEC Lekgotla are implemented we will see change.

“We are of the view that all provincial structures should unite in backing the implementation of the ANC Lekgotla resolutions as they will help in putting the Eastern Cape into a new pedestal,” Mdodi said.

“We should all do so being vigilant of those who may attempt to highjack our programmes for their narrow selfish and corrupt interest; let us decisively close the ranks against greedy tenderpreneurs.

“As the SACP we are convinced that, as the ANC led alliance we have no other option but to implement the resolves of the ANC PEC Lekgotla for us to transform the lives of the Eastern Cape populace for the better.  We are in unity that if we fail to act now nobody will believe us and our people will desert us.”

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