Johannesburg - The youth wage subsidy was currently before
the National Economic Development and Labour Council, President Jacob Zuma said
It would make final recommendations to cabinet, he said at a
breakfast business briefing in Mangaung.
Zuma said the challenge was to find common ground between
the opposing views on the subsidy.
"Discussions (on the youth wage subsidy) are now in the
economic sector and are part of a multi-pronged strategy to deal with youth
He condemned the violence that took place in Johannesburg on
Tuesday when the Democratic Alliance tried to march to the Congress of SA Trade
The DA has accused Cosatu of blocking the subsidy's
implementation and costing young people jobs. Cosatu maintains the subsidy will
displace existing jobs and enrich employers.
"Violence is not acceptable and I hope this is not
going to be repeated again," Zuma said.
Both sides were at fault in Tuesday's protest, he said.
"We are a democratic country and that means we have a
constitutional right to protest, provided it does not interfere with the rights
of people trying to go about their business," he said.
In his speech to Free State business and political leaders,
the president also raised the stalemate in the appointment of the head of the
African Union Commission.
Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is one of two
candidates in line for the job, which will be decided on in July.
"South Africa has no intention of dominating the
AU," he said, adding that South Africa would respect the AU's decision.
When asked about his willingness to serve a second term as
South Africa's leader, Zuma said his appointment was at the ANC's discretion.
"It is not up to the individual to say what they want
or that they will lead the ANC."
Zuma did say he had not wanted to run for the first term as
president, but was duty bound as an ANC member, and had to obey the party's
He also answered questions on issues including housing
delivery, crime on the Lesotho border, xenophobia, agriculture, and lack of
opportunities for black lawyers.
"What I hate in government is how slowly its wheels
turn. Bureaucracy delays delivery."
The slow delivery of infrastructure was of personal concern
and he was holding monthly meetings with department heads to keep track of