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Vavi: Unemployment a ticking bomb

May 12 2013 10:33

Unemployed men flock into a bakkie with the hope of being chosen for a day job in Midrand. Picture: Khaya Ngwenya/City Press

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Johannesburg - Unemployment in South Africa is a ticking bomb, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told the Sunday Times.

"The bomb will continue to tick until at some point it begins exploding in a coordinated way," said Vavi.

Statistics SA reported this week that the official unemployment rate in the first quarter of the year had risen to 25.2% from 24.9% in the last quarter of 2012.

"We're already seeing individual bombs exploding, but if the explosions are knitted together from Marikana to every mine, to every farm, to every township, then we'll have a crisis." Forty four people were killed in violence related to a wild-cat strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine in August last year.

Vavi said the situation around unemployment should be "making every South African have sleepless nights".

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