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Zille addresses UWC students

DA leader Helen Zille has told UWC students economic liberation is a reality in their lifetime.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille on Friday told University of the Western Cape (UWC) students that economic liberation could be achieved in their lifetime.

She was at the institution as part of her party's million jobs campaign launched in July.

The campaign focuses on education for jobs, helping people start their own businesses, giving young job-seekers a youth wage subsidy, building infrastructure for growth and lowering taxes for greater investment.

At the outset, she acknowledged it was the ANC Youth League (ANCYL)'s Julius Malema who opened up the debate on economic liberation.

The expelled politician called for the nationalisation of mines in order to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

Zille began her address by asking the students if there were any ANC supporters in the lecture hall.

She was looking forward to a lively debate on party policies.

The DA leader told students that nationalisation was not a viable economic plan, making reference to Zambia's nationalisation of copper mines as an example of the policy downfalls.

Zille also outlined the DA's land reform policy, saying redistribution has to happen in a way that keeps viable farms going.

She added policy uncertainty means South Africa will continue to miss out on foreign direct investment.

Zille told students about the need to interrogate all political party policies and hold leaders to account.