Zuma: Political freedom without economic freedom is not complete freedom

The president says poverty, inequality and unemployment began when black people were dispossessed of their land.

President Jacob Zuma in Hammarsdale at a Youth Day celebration. Picture: Ziyanda Ncgobo/EWN.

HAMMARSDALE - President Jacob Zuma says political freedom without addressing the economy is an incomplete democracy.

Zuma was speaking in Hammarsdale at a Youth Day celebration organised by the eThekwini region today.

He says poverty, inequality and unemployment began when black people were dispossessed of their land.

Zuma has been warmly welcomed by the eThekwini regions youth who have come to listen to programmes for their development by the municipality.

This is in contrast to the reception the president got in the North West earlier this week.

He says the youth must lead the charge for economic freedom.

“Political freedom without economic freedom is not a complete freedom.”

Zuma has urged young people to be champions of radical economic transformation.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)