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N Cape ANCYL marches against racism and unemployment

Members of the African National Congress’ Youth League in the Northern Cape marched against racism and high unemployment figures in the province. Unemployment in the province is at 28%.

The youth are also demanding that the Democratic Alliance (DA) must deal with alleged racist members in their organization.

A sea of yellow engulfed the streets of Kimberley as members of the ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape marched to the office of the premier of the province to hand over a memorandum, demanding that youth unemployment be urgently addressed in the province.

They also marched on the provincial office of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to ask the party to tackle alleged racism within the party.

National Secretary General of the ANC Youth League, Njabulo Nzuza says they are worried about the tendency of the DA.

“They have more appetite of defending white monopoly capital. There was a march that was scheduled against the Mining Indaba but what do they do, they issue a licence for a few people to march but when there are people who are marching against government, they say they can bring in 5 000,” says Nzuza

He says those who are marching against white monopoly cannot exceed 100 and the ANCYL are not happy with that.

Meanwhile, the leader of the DA in the province, Andrew Louw, denied that the party has ever dealt with racism in its ranks.

“I find it very strange that we as the DA, taking cognisance of the fact that our federal leader Mmusi Maimane, he was the first one that actually went on an anti-racism campaign. He signed the pledge with many of our members in Parliament and it is precisely for those reasons that we in our party, whether on a provincial level or even on a federal level, racism has no place in the Democratic Alliance,” says Louw.

Those who attended the march say their biggest concern is the lack of job opportunities in the province.

– By Neo Bodumela

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