ANC dismisses DA's claims of creating 200k jobs in the WC

Members of the Legislature are debating Premier Helen Zille's State of the Province Address today.

ANC WC acting chair Khaya Magaxa addressing the crowd. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape is refuting claims by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that the provincial government has created more jobs than any other province.

Members of the Legislature are debating Premier Helen Zille's State of the Province Address (Sopa) today.

In her speech on Friday, Zille said the provincial government had created more than 200,000 job opportunities since 2009.

ANC caucus leader Khaya Magaxa is disputing figures provided by the premier.

"Under the DA, jobs are at their lowest they have ever been in the last 10 years."

Magaxa claims youth jobs in the province have declined by nearly 80,000 in that period.

But the DA's Beverley Schäfer says according to Stats SA figures, the Western Cape has debunked the national trend of job losses and created more than 200,000 jobs between 2008 and 2015.

Furthermore, the ANC says it will deliver an alternative to Zille's Sopa because it does not benefit the poor.

Protesters say they are demonstrating against her Sopa because it is focused on issues affecting the rich white and elite.

Magaxa says the DA-led provincial government is only focused on achieving clean audits which he says does not translate into service delivery.

In the house, Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela disputed the claims and said the ruling party has run out of issues to campaign on.