Knives out for premier after massive job losses
Opposition parties in Limpopo are baying for premier Stan Mathabatha’s blood after the South African Quarterly Labour Survey showed that Limpopo recorded the highest job losses than any other province in the last quarter of the last financial year.
The stats indicated that during the last three months of 2019, about 35 000 more people lost their jobs in Limpopo. To rub salt into the wound, the stats also revealed that more than 77 000 people have since lost their jobs in the province last year – a move that sent shock waves through the province.
The largest expanded unemployment rate, rose 2.1% to 44%.
The total Limpopo labour force was recorded at 1.821 million people and out of these, 391 000 individuals were unable to find work, while 531 000 persons have given up looking for a job altogether, revealed the stats. The revelation has opened a debate among parties and individuals in the province.
The DA said it was time for the ANC government in Limpopo to do introspection on the kind of service it provides.
DA provincial leader, Jacques
Smalle, said yesterday the stats proved that the people of Limpopo were faced with an acute bleak economic outlook. He said the stats were a direct result by the ANC government’s disastrous management of the economy.
“Under Premier Stan Mathabatha, the executive continues to spend state funds irregularly and recklessly. This resulted in the province experiencing an acute unemployment rate, [more] than any province in the country. During the past 12 months, Limpopo’s unemployment rate increased by 6.6%, from 16.5% in October to December 2018 to 23.1% for the same period in 2019,” said Smalle.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, the official opposition in the province, said it was time for Mathabatha’s executive to shape up or ship out.
“We cannot afford to be led by a government that takes jobs away from its people,” said EFF provincial secretary, George Raphela.
Mathabatha’s spokesperson, Kenny Mathivha, said this was due to the fact that the province was still suffering from the “Bantustan era” and the many immigrants from Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique, who compete for the few available jobs in the agricultural sector.