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TMG Digital reports that the Congress of the People (Cope) warned on Tuesday that SA’s rising unemployment rate was a ticking time bomb that would affect every citizen‚ black and white‚ rich and poor.  

According to a Statistics SA report, the unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2016 increased to 27.1%.  Cope described the news as “disturbing”‚ against a backdrop of children having to go to bed hungry because their parents could not find jobs.  The political party said:  “We warn that failure to address the problem properly and urgently‚ [it] will push the poverty-stricken communities and the unemployed into causing an unstoppable revolt against government.”  It also indicated that government needed to think hard about the recently released minimum wage proposal of R3,500 and said a broader discussion forum “must be given ample time to debate about this proposal and come forth with an amount agreed upon by everybody.”


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