Floyd Shivambu slams 'hopeless' government as unemployment remains at 29%

The EFF's deputy leader, Floyd Shivambu, says the ruling party is hopeless as unemployment figures remain stagnant.
The EFF's deputy leader, Floyd Shivambu, says the ruling party is hopeless as unemployment figures remain stagnant.
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EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has lashed out at the ruling party for its failure to decrease unemployment in the fourth quarter, for the first time since 2008.

Stats SA on Tuesday released its quarterly labour force survey (QLFS), which revealed that South Africans remained jobless, even during the festive season, a period which normally sees higher economic activity. Unemployment remained at its highest at 29.1%. 

Adding individuals who were available to work, but had stopped looking, Stats SA said this number shot up to 38.7% quarter-to-quarter.

The figures also revealed that unemployment among black South Africans remained the highest at 32.4%, while coloureds are at 24.9%, Indian/Asian at 13.9 and whites at 7.6%. 

Shivambu suggested that the solution to dealing effectively with joblessness was to remove the ruling party from power.

Other South Africans shared their frustrations with unemployment after the report's release.

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