Workers, jobless SA's new divide

2012-09-07 07:59

Cape Town - The main inequality divide in South Africa is no longer between blacks and whites, but between unionised and employed workers on the one hand, and unemployed on the other, former president FW de Klerk said on Thursday.

"It is a divide that lies at the heart of our inequality challenge," he said at a Cape Town Press Club memorial dinner.

De Klerk said it was also a divide "that the Congress of SA Trade Unions is determined to defend by vigorously opposing any efforts to make the labour market more flexible".

Another principal cause of inequality was the "catastrophic failure of our education system".

A total of 60% of those who left school did so without a matric, and those who passed matric did so with an average mark of less than 40%, he said.

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  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-07 08:44

    We know what the problems are, thanks for sharing more useless, old info with us. What we'd really like to know is who's going to solve the problem and with what money as we're tired of paying for it all and seeing no results.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-09-07 10:50

    Cosatu represent a lucky labour elite. Not the poor or the oppressed.

  • crystal.gillam - 2012-11-01 12:50

    It is too horrific to contemplate. We concentrated for so long on the human rights of everything - give prisoners the right to vote, let standards drop, accommodate the black mentality (If I were black i would be bloody insulted) that the pass mark had to come to 35% as that shows how thick I am and that it is accepted by my government i am thick as a short brick! That I can get pregnant at 13 (it is accepted, man I would be so insulted), that it became accepted to the point the police do nothing about the fact that I am still a child, that TV can come film me in my home in my school uniform to show the world that I am a child tramp, doing my homework while granny looks after the one toddler of mine and I am telling the world I am concerned about my future as I have another one on its way?????? Do you not see what you made acceptable? You burnt the books and schools because you were told to learn in afrikaans, well you are completely illiterate and can't add two and four together either in any language. You are a marvelous nation, take a bow! before you all starve to death.

      sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-11-01 13:47

      Crystal...that's extremely harsh, but I am sorry to say, right on the money.

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