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DA vows to slash unemployment rate

Mmusi Maimane says Cape Town's unemployment rate of 21.7 percent is lower than in Johannesburg.

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's working to slash the high unemployment rate especially among the youth in Cape Town.

It's the only metro in the country under the DA's leadership.

Speaking at a rally in Khayelitsha today, DA leader Mmusi Maimane has reiterated the party will focus on job creation and rooting out corruption.

Maimane says Cape Town's unemployment rate of 21.7 percent is lower than in the Johannesburg metro.

The DA leader told the crowd, the municipality was in a mess when the party took over in 2006, but it has managed to turn it around in a decade.

Maimane says under the African National Congress, none of the metro's departments received clean audits while key posts were left vacant.

He however admits more work has to be done.

"We want to deliver jobs and make sure we deliver basic services and ultimately nationally our fight is always against corruption because it steals away opportunities."

Maimane claims the DA-led City of Cape Town offers a generous package of free basic services to residents and has successfully delivered an integrated transport system.

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