DA to push for Youth Wage Subsidy

The DA said it would use every mechanism available to implement the Youth Wage Subsidy.

Democratic Alliance protests. Picture supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance on Friday said it would use every parliamentary mechanism available to it to pressure government into implementing the Youth Wage Subsidy.

The DA plans to call for a debate on the issue as soon as possible.

It also vowed to intensify its Youth Wage Subsidy Now Campaign.

Earlier this week, DA supporters marched to Cosatu headquarters in Johannesburg.

The protest was followed by violence when Cosatu supporters attacked DA protestors.

DA leader Helen Zille said what happened on Tuesday will come to be seen as a turning point in South Africa.

The party plans to call for a debate on the issue and will submit an urgent oral question to President Jacob Zuma at the earliest opportunity.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said, "We will request that the chairpersons of the Finance Portfolio Committee and the Labour Portfolio Committee in Parliament call Zwelinzima Vavi before the two committees and engage him on his concerns."

Treasury budgeted R5 billion for the subsidy, which was meant to be implemented in 2010.