Job creation Thousands march in South Africa for jobs

The march was organised by the country's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).

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Thousands of people marched on Wednesday in Johannesburg to demand for jobs. The thousands ranged from people in their 20s through to 60s, according to multiple media report.

The march was organised by the country's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Images of the march flooded on Twitter showed a thick crowd clouded in blue, the signature colour of DA.

 

  

"We march today for jobs. We march for the freedom that having work brings," said DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who led the march, Xinhua reported.

During the march, a plane flew overhead pulling a DA banner with the message "Together for jobs".

 

South Africa's unemployment rate hovers around 25 percent.

"We are here today because we believe that the hope for our nation, that the only way out of poverty, is always through a job," Maimane said to the cheering crowd, Xinhua reported.

In December 2015, Moody's crediting rating agency lowered its outloook of South Africa's  debt from stable to negative, citing slow growth.

Creating jobs must be the next national cause because the entire country's future is at risk, Maimane said.

"We cannot build a prosperous future for South Africa when 8.4 million South Africans are excluded and have no hope, no sense of belonging," he said.

Wednesday's march follows a similar action in December last year where protesters demanded the resignation of President Jacob Zuma over appointments that raised questions over his handling of the economy.

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