Johannesburg, 27 January 2016 - The DA has claimed that a total of 774 people become jobless every day. However, one researcher has questioned the D-A's figures.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday claimed the Democratic Alliance (DA) paid people to participate in its jobs march.
This claim has been vociferously denied by DA national spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme.
The well-attended jobs march took place in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday.
At least 5,000 DA supporters dressed in blue T-shirts took to the streets, calling for government action to deal with rising unemployment.
On Thursday, the ANC claimed that people were paid R100 each to take part in the march.
But Van Damme, when contacted for comment, denied the allegations had any substance.
"We did not pay any of the marchers. The ANC, instead of providing solutions and answers to the millions of unemployed people in the country, is making up lies," she said.
Van Damme said the payments were a fancy of the ANC&39;s imagination and they should be asked for evidence of these payments.
The ruling party alleged that the DA had taken advantage of poor people, which it used as pawns to score “hollow political points”.
“The DA - in pursuit of its racist agenda - chose to take advantage of the poverty confronting our people by using them as pawns to further the interests of white minority who were not even visible in their march,” said ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa.
He said while the ANC respected the freedom of association and protest, the party viewed "the DA stunt as an insult to democracy when they use unemployed black faces to mask their racist agenda”.
“This conduct continues to confirm that the DA with it rented black so called ‘leaders’ continues to be a home of racism that thrives on abusing black people in protecting white capital,” said Kodwa.
The ANC urged “our people” to take a stand by not being used by “racists masquerading as democratic formations”.
Van Damme responded, "We believe the press should request substantiation from the ANC. We don’t see the value in commenting further on spurious allegations. Where is their proof."