Article by: Dumisane Dube
South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately step down following the release of the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has released the gross domestic product (GDP) figure for the second quarter, which shows economic growth of 1.2% quarter-on-quarter and 19.3% year-on-year, compared with minus 2.6% year-on-year in the first quarter.
According to the data the increase is linked to transport, communication and agriculture, personal services and the accommodation industries.
SAFTU General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says he fears more jobs will be lost if there are no policy changes in South Africa.
“Government is refusing to restructure the economy. Government is refusing to abandon liberal policies. Government is refusing to embrace a call that has been made so repeatedly that the current structure inherited from the colonial apartheid will never ever respond to the crisis of larger economy, the inclusion of black people [and the] the crisis of poverty,” adds Vavi.
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