Zille promises six million jobs

DA leader Helen Zille is addressing a workers Day rally in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

FILE: DA leader Helen Zille is addressing a workers Day rally in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille on Thursday promised party supporters if the opposition came to power it would create six million jobs over the next 10 years.

Zille is addressing a Workers Day rally in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

According to Stats South Africa, more than seven million South Africans are unemployed.

She says South Africans should keep that in mind when going to the polls next week.

Zille reiterated the DA's main focus is creating real, sustainable jobs.

"We also particularly remember that 1.4 million more South Africans are unemployed today than they were when President Zuma took office."

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has arrived at the official May Day national celebrations in Polokwane, more than three hours late.

Zuma is expected to address several key issues faced by South African workers including the banning of labour brokers, wage policies and poverty.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it will also use today's celebrations to pay homage to workers who fought for the recognition of May Day in 1986.

Zuma was welcomed into the half full Peter Mokaba Stadium with thunderous applause.

Zuma was surrounded by his security personnel and flanked by South African Communist Party (SACP) Secretary General Blade Nzimande and Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini, who waved to the jovial supporters.

Despite some Limpopo schools still without textbooks for this academic year and five provincial departments placed under partial administration, many people have expressed their support for the ANC.

Zuma is also expected to use this opportunity to urge workers to vote for his party as it continues to grapple the high rate of unemployment and increasing poverty.

South Africa goes to the polls on 7 May.