Restructured economy, job creation will prevent protests - Cogta deputy minister

Andries Nel says the country needs to improve economic governance and address instability at all levels.

FILE: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel says South Africa needs to restructure its economy and create more jobs in order to prevent protests.

The Institute for Security Studies held a seminar in Pretoria yesterday aimed at understanding and addressing the causes of unrest in the country.

Nel says South Africa needs to strength the economy.

"And at the same time, also restructure the economy so that many more South Africans can have access to economic opportunities within that economy."

He says the country also needs to improve economic governance and address instability both at local and national levels.

"There are many of our municipalities which the back to basics approach has shown are not functioning well."

The deputy minister says social cohesion and inequality inherited from apartheid are also at the heart of protests in South Africa.