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Cosatu blocking youth subsidy - Zuma

Cosatu remains the stumbling block to the implementation of the Youth Wage Subsidy.

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CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday confirmed that Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu) remained the stumbling block to the implementation of the Youth Wage Subsidy.

Zuma also said that government was still seeking trade union buy-in for the Youth Wage Subsidy that would create more than 420,000 new jobs.

Zuma was responding to a DA Parliamentary question.


On Tuesday, a Democratic Alliance (DA) Youth Wage Subsidy march to Cosatu offices was marred by violence, forcing police to use teargas.

The DA march was led by party leader Helen Zille, DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and party spokesperson Mmusi Maimane.

The march started calmly, but as the crowd of about 2,000 DA protesters, neared the Johannesburg Theatre, they were confronted by angry union members resulting in clashes between the two groups.

Several DA protesters and a Mail&Guardian reporter were injured after they were hit by rocks during the protest.

Earlier, Cosatu said it did not support the violent outbreak, but insisted its members behaved well.

The DA called on Zuma to explain to the unemployed youth why he was choosing Cosatu's interests over theirs.

The party said the President had admitted in his response to a Parliamentary question that Cosatu was the stumbling block in the implementation of Youth Wage Subsidy.


It said it would submit an urgent oral question for the President asking him to explain to the nation his reasons for not implementing the subsidy.

Cosatu has however insisted the wage subsidy would disadvantage the current workforce.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in February expressed his frustration with the delays in the implementation of the youth subsidy.


(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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