By Emily Setona
QWAQWA – African Content Movement (ACM) leader Hlaudi Motsoeneg says if elected to power, his party will grow the economy to ensure permanent jobs for people of all ages.
Addressing thousands of supporters during voter registration weekend at the Phuthaditjaba Stadium this past Saturday, Motsoeneng warned the crowd against voting for political parties that only offer them blankets, food parcels and grant money instead of creating jobs.
“People of Maluti-a-Phofung, there are factories available in this community, but they are dilapidated and unused. The first thing that I am going to do is to open those factories and create jobs.
“When you are employed, you can take care of yourself and your family; you don’t have to be a beggar. Yes, we must create opportunities for the youth but what about everybody else who is able-bodied? ACM promises to create permanent jobs for everyone,” Motsoeneng said.
In an interview with The Guard, the chairperson of IMATU Thabiso Hlongwane echoed the sentiments of Motsoeneng.
“We as IMATU are here today supporting ACM because this movement cares about the rights of workers. As an independent organisation we value and appreciate the work that ACM does, especially seeing that here in Maluti-a-Phofung the rights of workers are often violated.”
President of African Content Movement Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
ACM councillor Tumelo Thulo of the MAP Council said most social ills in the community are caused by financial issues.
“In my opinion, most cases of GBV are triggered by financial issues; for example, a father who does not have a job and cannot provide for his family gets frustrated and takes out his frustrations on his wife and kids.
“I don’t condone GBV that is why as ACM we support our leader’s vision to create permanent employment for our people, particularly those who are capable and qualified to do the job,” Thulo said.
Sisters Xolile and Slindithemba Mthembu said as young people, they will be voting for ACM because its leader promises to create job opportunities for all and they trust him because of his track record at the public broadcaster – the SABC – while he was chief operations officer.