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DA won't give up on wage subsidy

DA leader Helen Zille says they won’t be deterred by Cosatu in the pushing for the Youth Wage Subsidy.

DA marchers gather. Picture: Ryno Geldenhuys/iWitness
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said it will intensify its Youth Wage Subsidy campaign.

Thousands of DA supporters marched to Cosatu House in the Johannesburg CBD in support of the subsidy.

But Tuesday’s march ended in violence with both the DA and Cosatu blaming each other for the clashes.

DA leader Helen Zille said the protest was a turning point.

She said her party is determined to mobilise all South Africans to support the subsidy.

According to Zille, Treasury’s R5 billion budget for the project remains stagnant, despite record levels of unemployment.

The opposition party claims the subsidy will benefit over 423,000 people.

Beneficiaries will be young first-time job seekers.

Cosatu has blocked the implementation of the programme because it fears that employers could retrench older workers in a bid to make a profit.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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