Press Statement dated 7 October 2018

Bishop Gabuza, the president of SACBC Justice and Peace commission, has called on the president to consider broader representation in the next job summit which is scheduled for next year.

He said that “generally, we are happy with the resolutions of the summit. At the same time, we believe that the summit could have achieved far reaching results if the civil society, academic institutions, faith leaders, unemployed youth and women had a space at the table.”

According to Bishop Gabuza, the problem of unemployment in South Africa “wears gendered faces and young faces. We therefore expect more women and more unemployed youth to be well represented in any platforms designed to discuss unemployment. Nothing about them, without them.” Says Bishop Gabuza.

Bishop Gabuza has welcomed that, through the President, the ruling party seem to be finally conceding that the National Development Plan’s goals are unrealistic. “We hope this will lead into effective consultations with all the stakeholders – not just like-minded people – on the required adjustments to fit the current economic climate. The non-democratic already ‘agreed’ framework the President is talking about has flaws which we shall constructively engage the president on in due course.”

Bishop Gabuza is also happy “with the president’s leadership regarding the economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan, together with his commendable decision to establish an Infrastructure Fund.”

In the context of technical recession, rising prices of basic items, and rising unemployment, other civil society formations have called for “the basic income grant and a serious review of youth wage subsidy. We hope that the president and his cabinet shall give critical consideration to these recommendations.”  

Issued by Bishop Abel Gabuza, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission