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DA to march to Cosatu House

DA protesters will hand over a memorandum to Cosatu regarding the youth wage subisidy.

The Democratic Alliance marches on Cosatu House.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) will march through the Johannesburg CBD to Cosatu House on Tuesday.

The march will protest the trade union federation's continued opposition to the youth wage subsidy, a policy that could create an estimated 423,000 jobs for young, unemployed South Africans.

According to the party, members will gather at Beyers Naude Square at 10h30.

Marchers will then move onto President Street, up Harrison, left into Jeppe, right into Sauer, over the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, right into Jorrison, left into Melle and right onto Siemens towards COSATU House at Simmonds and Jorrison.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) initially changed the planned route so the march would end at the Johannesburg Theatre because of concerns about safety.

But the DA said that Cosatu House will remain the end point for the march.

The party's Michael Bolman, "That's the arrangements we have with JMPD. These negotiations started some four to six weeks ago and we have followed all the processes that are required."

Cosatu responded saying that while the DA has every right to hold a peaceful demonstration - the opposition party is being antagonistic.

"They deliberately picked Cosatu House in order to create conflict and tension." said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

"We can see no real purpose in such a march and they will clearly not convince Cosatu members to change their opinions."

The DA has accused Cosatu of becoming a stumbling block to job creation.