Government's interventions on poverty are not working - analyst

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) Poverty Trends report shows that about 55% of South African are living below the poverty line.

According to the report, 30.4 million South Africans are poor.

Labour analyst Mamokgethi Molopyane says this report shows that government interventions to deal with poverty are not working.

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One of those programs is the social grants. While it is showing that it is improving the lives of the people, the number of people that do not have sufficient basic food is still too much.

Mamokgethi Molopyane, Labour and mining analyst

We are a country that is supposed to have a net that is meant to reduce poverty in a form of social grants but that net seems to be tearing apart and people are falling through the gaps and the number of people that are poor are increasing instead of going down.

Mamokgethi Molopyane, Labour and mining analyst

Molopyane says the fact that there are still people who do not have money for basic food is a crisis for South Africa and government need to start treating it as such.

ANC's Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize says these figures by Stats SA are very disturbing and concerning.

We should also understand that the economy has not done well since 2008.

Dr Zweli Mkhize, treasurer of the ANC

The main weapon that we need to deal with poverty in the long term is to ensure good quality education - that every South African is able to acquire some form of skill that they can use to earn a living.

Dr Zweli Mkhize, treasurer of the ANC

This is something that needs us to work quite urgently to address...

Dr Zweli Mkhize, treasurer of the ANC

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