Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) second-in-command Floyd Shivambu used South Africa’s newly released unemployment stats – the worst in 11 years – as a pretext for agitating for regime change on Tuesday.
Shivambu said on Twitter that the African National Congress (ANC) “should be removed from power and a progressive government of the EFF should take over to lead massive industrialisation to create millions of jobs”.
Hopefully, Shivambu is advocating for this process to happen democratically.
Stats SA released its newest statistics on Tuesday afternoon, which showed the already alarming unemployment rate has increased by one percentage point since last quarter to 29.1%, the worst it’s been since 2008.
In only ten years, the number of unemployed people has increased by over a million people.
In July, the EFF reacted to the last batch of unemployment statistics by releasing a statement indicating that the worsening of the crisis would continue as long as the ANC was still in power.
“It is a proven fact that there is a direct relationship between unemployment, poverty and other social ills such as crime and diseases. What this means is that under the current Ramaphosa administration, the quality of lives for the people of South Africa will drastically decline. This is despite the fact that both domestic and imperialist capitalist interests and their media are portraying Ramaphosa as the best thing to have happened in South Africa.
“Ramaphosa has been the head of state and president for more than 18 months now and it’s under his leadership that the economy is shrinking, jobs are lost and people getting poorer. This happens when the Ramaphosa administration is dismally failing to bring the much-needed stability in major state-owned companies such as Eskom, Denel, SAA, Prasa, and Transnet.
“The worsening of the quality of life for many South Africans happens when Ramaphosa has built an alliance with capitalists through some investments conferences, which are evidently [hoaxes] as they do not translate into meaningful benefits for the people of South Africa.
“The EFF cautioned the people of South Africa during elections that the ANC under whoever’s leadership is inherently incapable of salvaging our country from crisis levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The ANC and Ramaphosa are not the solution to the problems of South Africa.
“The reality is that under the ANC and Ramaphosa leadership, South Africa’s economy will continue to shrink, jobs will be lost, poverty will deepen, the poor will get poorer whilst the rich get richer.”
The party concluded the statement by claiming only their manifesto had what it took to end unemployment and create jobs.
(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)