The finance minister would deny in his speech that he was presenting an austerity budget, but confirmed the expectations of public sector unions and the unemployed who marched in Cape Town against budget austerity.
Unemployed youth and marginalised groups marched to Parliament to deliver an “alternative budget speech” on Wednesday.
Preferences for youth employment are barriers for job seekers older than 35.
On World Day for Decent Work, trade union federations in South Africa will go on strike against austerity measures and pro-business economic policies.
Thousands of Cosatu-affiliated union members marched through the streets of South Africa against job losses, crisis at Eskom and high cost of living.