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Zuma urges economic transformation

Jacob Zuma says by 2030, South Africa should have a comprehensive system of social protection.

President Jacob Zuma at the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April 2014.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says in the next 10 years South Africa must work towards economic transformation.

Zuma spoke to more than a thousand people gathered at the union buildings in Pretoria where Freedom Day celebrations were held.

Zuma says by 2030, South Africa should have a comprehensive system of social protection that includes social security grants, mandatory retirement savings, risk benefits such as unemployment, death and disability and vulnerable retirement savings.

"The next decade of freedom must be one in which we work together to advance economic transformation."

President Jacob Zuma arrives at the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

He said the country must work towards bridging the gap between rich and poor.

"We will continue to work with the business sector, to advance broad based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) and affirmative action in order to change the ownership, control and management of the economy."

Meanwhile, some born frees say they feel that after twenty years of democracy government has not done anything for them.

Eyewitness News spoke to this born free from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.

"They haven't done anything for the youth. I don't know about the future but right now they haven't done anything, so the youth doesn't benefit from the ANC."

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