As South Africans celebrate Heritage Day, the DA's Mmusi Maimane has spoken about job creation while lashing out at "the politically connected".
Heritage should be that of education, health care and safety, the Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Gauteng premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane, said on Tuesday.
"Our challenge is to create the environment where the heritage of excellent education, quality health care and personal safety, no matter where we come from – no matter our position in life," Maimaine said at one of his stops on the Believe Bus Tour in Dobsonville, Soweto.
Maimane spoke about the country's heritage and what its diversity meant for South Africans.
"I believe that we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs. We can give every person a foothold onto the ladder of success. This ladder will not help people to get ahead when it is only available to the politically connected. No, that is not freedom. Tenders to family and friends do not amount to a ladder."
He said he intended to inject business opportunities and growth to the province and create jobs that benefit every person in the province.
"That is a heritage worth fighting for. That is a heritage that I want to see become a reality in Gauteng.
"We must bridge the gap of inequality. The heritage we will leave must be one of opportunity for all of our children," said Maimane.
Meanwhile, thousands of people were gathering at the Marburg Stadium in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, for Heritage Day celebrations, the SABC reported.
Acting premier Senzo Mchunu was expected to speak at the function.
The day was formerly known as Shaka Day and celebrated Shaka Zulu as the founder of the Zulu nation.
In recent years, the day has been dubbed "Braai Day" as many people spend the day partaking in the largely favoured South African tradition of braaing meat. – Sapa