DA will march to Beyers Naude Square

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Johannesburg -

The Democratic Alliance will march for “real” jobs in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The party originally said it would march to the ANC's headquarters - Luthuli House - in the Johannesburg CBD, but this plan was thwarted by metro police.

The party would instead march to Beyers Naude Square, a block away from Luthuli House.

It would be led by DA leader Helen Zille, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane, DA federal chairman Wilmot James and youth leader Mbali Ntuli.

The party said it wanted to expose the African National Congress's promise of six million “work opportunities” as nothing more than temporary public works placements, and contrast them with the six million “real” jobs the DA would create if elected to national government.

The march was originally planned for last week, but the party postponed it due to logistical reasons.

This was after it had to appeal the Johannesburg metro police's decision preventing the party from marching.

The DA appealed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, where the decision was overturned.

The ANC has said it would meet the DA on the streets of Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The party called on its members to be at Luthuli House to “welcome” the DA and receive its memorandum. - Sapa

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