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Zuma is the president, Vavi is not - Mazibuko

By Sapa | May 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 121 ]

Lindiwe Mazibuko said if the subsidy had been implemented by the original deadline of April 1, 2010, around 300,000 young people would have had jobs by now

The Democratic Alliance has accused President Jacob Zuma of being afraid to make the tough choices that would benefit many unemployed young people.

In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, Zuma confirmed that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) remained the stumbling block to the implementation of the youth wage subsidy, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Wednesday.

“The president also said government is still seeking trade union buy-in for the youth wage subsidy that would create more than 420,000 new jobs.

“This is a president who is afraid to make the tough choices that would benefit so many unemployed young people,” Mazibuko said.

Zuma, in his written reply, said discussions on the youth wage subsidy had taken place within the economic sectors and employment cluster, and consultation with social partners began at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on May 10 last year.

“Social partners continue to discuss the youth employment incentive at Nedlac. As such, final proposals have yet to be made to Cabinet,” he said.

Cabinet did not intend to abandon the policy. However, discussions with social partners, alongside the public comments received on the discussion paper, would inform a revised document and the design of the proposed youth employment incentive.

Zuma said Cabinet would respond to the final proposals made.

The government had undertaken to resolve the concerns raised by social partners, in particular organised labour, in Nedlac. This included outlining the role of the youth employment incentive as an important pillar of the economic development department’s multi-pronged strategy to confront youth unemployment, and adjusting features of the proposed incentive to address the specific concerns of social partners.

Zuma said there had been a number of valid concerns raised with the youth employment incentive, including the potential displacement of older workers by younger workers, the age of those potentially qualifying for the incentive, and the duration of probation. The government’s discussions with social partners were aimed at mitigating these concerns.

The rules, design, and monitoring of a youth employment incentive would be critical to actively reduce the risk of negative unintended consequences, including potential displacement, and help maximise net job creation.

The government would focus on accelerating social dialogue and finding satisfactory solutions to the valid concerns that social partners had raised, Zuma said.

Mazibuko said if the subsidy had been implemented by the original deadline of April 1, 2010, around 300,000 young people would have had jobs by now.

“And, contrary to the claims of Cosatu, this would not have been at the cost of existing jobs.

“So what is the hold-up? Why does the president need to seek further buy-in from Cosatu?” she asked.

Cabinet was not bound to wait for the Nedlac process to be concluded before implementing the subsidy.

“[Zuma’s] government introduced this policy. His finance minister budgeted R5 billion for it to be implemented. He cannot sit on the fence any longer. He is the president, [Cosatu secretary general] Zwelinzima Vavi is not,” she said.

“President Zuma must explain to the unemployed youth of South Africa why he is choosing Cosatu’s interests over theirs.” 

So far, Zuma had chosen to put the politics of the tripartite alliance ahead of the interests of millions of unemployed South Africans, said Mazibuko.

“Instead of showing leadership, he has chosen votes at Mangaung.

“South Africa cannot wait any longer. The time for President Zuma to act in the interest of the unemployed is now,” she said.

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@ JajazQueen

Not even a flood.. The continent plates of Madagascar and Africa will be pushed further apart..
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Waaahaaahaaa!!!!!!!!!!....the world will never be the same!

May 16, 2012 4:3 | 0 replies

The-Rothschilds
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@The-Rothschilds
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@The-Rothschilds
somaartakeit
@The-Rothschilds
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@The-Rothschilds
somaartakeit

positions of influence............................yawn.

I think you a disgrunted used up rag that has got nothing better to do with her life but to try her best to try and somehow justify that a life of fame and fortune was taken away from her............you refuse to believe that it was gods will to reduce you to the sack of sh!t that you are.
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when you are rankled like this it gives me pleasure cause I know I am effective and you can do nothing to or about me I look at your kind and laugh as you sink further and further in depression cause you failed to integrate your dinosaur selves, n wo you don't know how to cope with changing world you find yourselves in, so drown you apartheid rats, hahahahaaaa
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Who cares what you do my dear, you give yourself too much credit..................as for apartheid rats...........whats rats? if anything, you are the one who's lived with rats your entire miserable existance, that not even the ANC gives a dam about.............and you pinning all your hopes and dreams on the assumption that you know the masses, and they will come through for your misery one day.................yawn.................noone cares about the rats my dear, noone cares about you.
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as I've said you are nothing but a shadow of your past (apartheid rats) sitting on the ticking time cause you are not wanted in the continent you have imposed yourselves in. From Cairo to Cape you apartheid vermin will be shaken into the sea frm whence you came, cause as you can imagine you've overstayed your welcome here.

May 16, 2012 4:17 | 0 replies

To hell with Cosatu, this is a democratic land, people must do as they please and noone should stop anyone, that's how anc is i am not surprise, they are dogs in sheep skins.

May 16, 2012 4:17 | 0 replies

somaartakeit

as I've said you are nothing but a shadow of your past (apartheid rats) sitting on the ticking time cause you are not wanted in the continent you have imposed yourselves in. From Cairo to Cape you apartheid vermin will be shaken into the sea frm whence you came, cause as you can imagine you've overstayed your welcome here.
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Until that day...........enj0y sucking d!ck with the rats

May 16, 2012 4:18 | 0 replies

@The-Rothschilds
You are just jealous cause my d1ck is larger than yours!!!!!!!!! And I have a complete set of b.a.l.l.s...two
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really you have 2? did you fit those on somaar"s mouth as well? you impress me man! keep up the work, get your kids to watch, since you such a good example.
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You can put mine in your mouth and give somaar a break.

May 16, 2012 4:19 | 0 replies

@ MoNati

Thanks for the info.. I've been having sleepless nights trying to sleep. Maybe your meeting might solve my problem..

May 16, 2012 4:19 | 0 replies

@The-Rothschilds
somaartakeit
@The-Rothschilds


"There will always be a b@@s in your life" you will NEVER be anything in my life as you never was anything in my life I just called you a stout b@@s when you started with your sex predatory nature of a typical SAn stout b@@s prediting after its subjects as your kind has been doing and then you have a nerve to make laws against mixed relationships? you earth scum not even Europe want to associate with scum like you, they didn't rescue you when Mugabe kicked your pack-sides, they funded MK to pound you apartheid rats, now you stuck in a country where you have no power nor influence, just a cash cow (tax) now sit down and fill your tax forms already.

May 16, 2012 4:21 | 0 replies

@Tobby

exactly! come join the DA with us you and your children have a future.

May 16, 2012 4:21 | 0 replies

@MoNati
People, Im a happy woman today, laugh at the madem and her tea lady all you want but what they did worked! Our DA community meeting tonight is going to be very interesting, you wont believe all the phone calls I got today from people who wants to come to our meeting tonight. Viva DA Viva!
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Oh no!!! More strategies that backfire on them....keep plotting!

May 16, 2012 4:22 | 0 replies

@The-Rothschilds
somaartakeit

"Until that day...........enj0y sucking d!ck with the rats" too bad you h ave no d!ck for me to suck but a severely wrinkled toe btwn your legs

May 16, 2012 4:23 | 0 replies

@Click
Glad we can help even with your sleeplessnes. We the DA is here to help

May 16, 2012 4:23 | 0 replies