JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to establish an economic crisis recovery plan following a "dark day" for the country's economy.
On Tuesday, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released the unemployment figures for the second quarter showing the rate of unemployed people had grown to 29 percent as many as 6.7 million people do not have a job while Eskom announced a record R20.7 billion loss after tax this past year.
"I am writing to urge you to address the nation about yesterday’s unemployment figures released by Stats SA, the announcement of Eskom’s record losses and to establish an economic crisis recovery plan with relevant government stakeholders and political parties to reform the economy, Eskom and stop the jobs shedding," Maimane wrote.
"I would like to offer you solutions to help save our economy, based on interventions that have already worked in DA-led governments across South Africa. When you are working in the interest of South Africa, the DA will work with you just as you will need to work with all levels of government to grow the economy and create jobs."
Maimane said the country expected leadership from its president, and urgent action to reform the state-owned enterprises.