29 January 2014

South Africa: Real Jobs March - DA Awaiting Final Confirmation From JMPD

press release

Today the DA has met with Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) to discuss permission to hold our March for Real Jobs to Luthuli House.

The application was made on the 13th January to meet the JMPD's political gatherings criteria.

The JMPD has stipulated that all we require now is a letter from the Speakers' Office of the Provincial Legislature in order to march to Beyers Naude square outside Luthuli House.

We will receive a formal response from JMPD on Friday morning.

Present at the meeting were members of the ANC, SAPS Public Order Policing and intelligence officials.

During this meeting the ANC representatives tried to have our march declined and deny us our democratic right to gather and protest.

The ANC has also made it clear that they cannot guarantee that there will be no violence from their party, to quote directly "as in Nkandla".

For our part, we have committed and guaranteed that our democratic march will be carried out peacefully and with the safety of all concerned in mind.

Jacob Zuma's ANC has failed to cut corruption and create jobs misleading the people of South Africa on his promises to create jobs.

At the march, I will lead six thousand DA supporters who will each represent 1,000 unemployed South Africans who will benefit from 6 million REAL jobs, if the DA was elected into national government.

Since 2009, Jacob Zuma promised to create 5 million jobs and again in 2014 he promised to create 6 million jobs.

The reality is that 1.4 million more jobs have been lost since 2009.

We will expose the promise by Jacob Zuma to create jobs.

The jobs as promised by Zuma are merely temporary public work placements and will do little to grow the economy and lift people out of poverty, permanently and sustainably.

We expect our application to be granted permission from the JMPD on Friday morning. Our constitutional right hinges on this decision. This will be a litmus test for democracy in South Africa.

John Moodey, DA Leader in Gauteng

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