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ANC to create 6 million jobs

Zuma announces ANC will create more jobs through a program, as part of the ruling party’s 2014 manifesto.

Zuma delivering the ANC Manifesto at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday morning 11 January. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the African National Congress (ANC) will create 6 million jobs through the Public Infrastructure Project over the next five years.

The president also announced the party will look at introducing a national minimum wage as part of the ANC's 2014 election manifesto.

The ruling party has also promised better schools and hospitals.

Zuma says these work opportunities are a part of growing the economy but that the ANC is also looking at changing employment law.

"We also commit to investigating the modality for the introduction of a national minimum wage as a key component of reducing inequality."

The president also had stern words for those thinking of leaving the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

"We must all work harder to guard against certain destructive and opportunistic elements that are trying to divide this alliance partner."

Zuma looked in firm control addressing ANC supporters at the Mbombela Stadium, there were no disruptions to his speech of any kind.

'DON'T RUN AWAY FROM COSATU'

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini on Saturday told the crowd at the ANC's manifesto launch that leaders thinking of leaving Cosatu should not run away.

Dlamini gave an impassioned speech.

He made his point clear, starting with a song praising President Zuma, and then telling people thinking of leaving the trade union federation to think again.

"We call upon those who are beginning to run away, come back, don't run away from the battle site. Come, let us engage internally here."

The Cosatu president also said the unity of Cosatu is not for sale.

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