Minister at the Presidency of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. (Photo: GCIS)
- Presidential Minister for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said the National Youth Development Agency was not for those with political connections.
- She said there was no requirement for young people to be politically connected to receive services from the agency.
- Nkoana-Mashabane also boasted of the agency’s consecutive own audits.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is not and never has been an employment agency for politically connected people.
This is what the Minister to the Presidency in charge of women, youth and disabled people, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, affirms.
She was responding to a parliamentary question from EFF MP Makoti Khawula, who wanted details of the government’s plans to ensure NYDA becomes a “genuine agency for youth development, rather than an agency for youth development. ’employment for politically connected people’.
It comes after Parliament decided last year to restart, from scratch, the process for appointing NYDA board members.
Nkoana-Mashabane remains optimistic about the agency’s work.
âStaff hired by the agency are recruited and selected on the basis of specified selection criteria and applicable policies and legislation. NYDA products and services are also provided in a fair and transparent manner. Young people whose proposals do not yet meet the criteria are supported to ensure preparation. A young person doesn’t have to be politically connected to receive NYDA service, âshe said.
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The selection process was mired in controversy after a letter that ANC National Youth Work Team (NYTT) President Tandi Mahambehlala wrote to the party’s Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte, has surfaced. He provided the names of the “preferred candidates”.
The letter stated that: âThe ANC [Youth League] convened all PYA (Progressive Youth Alliance) structures in regards to their preferred candidates for the new NYDA board of directors. The structures agreed on the need for continuity in the composition of the board of directors, thus reaffirming the names of Sifiso Mtsweni and Joy Maimela. “
Four names in the letter eventually made the final list. They were Sifiso Mtsweni, Thuthikile Zuma, Karabo Mohale and Avela Mjujabana.
In September last year, the National Assembly (NA) suspended the nomination of candidates to the board of directors.
ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina led the charge and referred the report to the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities for further consideration.
Nkoana-Mashabane made little reference to the current process of appointing new members to the NYDA board of directors.
âNYDA Board member appointments are handled through an open and transparent parliamentary process. The call for nominations is openly launched through vacancies on the Board of Directors and recommendations for appointment are made to the President. All of this enabled the NYDA to achieve its goals. six consecutive net audits of the Auditor General of South Africa, âshe said.
In August, the SA Youth Chamber of Commerce (SAYCC) wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa and asked him to intervene after several shortlisted candidates were found to have close ties to the ANC.
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