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Mkhize: Some challenges undermining efforts to fight poverty self-inflicted

Stats SA released staggering figures on the latest poverty trends in the country, showing that more than 55% of people are effectively living below the poverty line.

FILE: ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Zweli Mkhize has acknowledged that some of the challenges undermining the country’s efforts in fighting poverty are self-inflicted.

Earlier this week, Stats SA released staggering figures on the latest poverty trends in the country, showing that more than 55% of people are effectively living below the poverty line with 47% of black Africans living on less than R647 per person per month.

Stats SA states that policy uncertainty, weak economic growth and lower investments are some of the challenges undermining the progress the country has made in its fight against poverty.

Mkhize admits that sometimes these challenges are caused by domestic factors.

“Domestic issues are there… we need to also be aware of those.”

He gave an example of the Mining Charter that was released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, with very little consultation, if any, which resulted in legal action against the department.

“It could’ve been dealt with in such way that we don’t have to get into this kind of stand-off.”

He agrees that the government must work hard if it still wants to meet its National Development Plan goal of eliminating poverty by 2030.

LISTEN: Zweli Mkhize response to Stats SA report

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)