ActionSA notes blatant lies by the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with disabilies Maite Nkoana-Mashabane when she said that the NYDA is not an employment agency for those who are politically connected. Minister made this demonstrably false claim in a recent Parliamentary reply.
ActionSA maintains that NYDA is not only an employment agency, but it is also the ANC’s Graduate School of Corruption for their Youth League and alliance partners – as we will demonstrate below.
A good starting point is to note that since its inception in 2009 until the 2018/19 financial year, about R1.5 billion has been spent on salaries and Director’s fees – almost half of the Agency’s budget in that period.
So, who are these gold-plated young cadres who have delivered such amazing development for us mere mortals of young people of the Republic? Well, here is a snapshot;
On top of the R1.5 billion that has been spent on salaries, another R1.5 billion has been written off as unrecoverable loans in the same period – the agency has since changed the funding model from loans to grants, but the fact that it has not had an appetite to recover the funds should give you pause for reflection as where, or to whom, the funds went. To further demonstrate the agency’s ineffectiveness, even the Presidency noted in the 2014 Twenty Year Review, that they were:
“…unable to obtain evidence to make conclusive statements about the efficacy of institutions supporting youth development. All there is at hand are anecdotes that the…NYDA, among others, is not visible, efficient and effective to the extent that its establishment has not been followed by specific advancements and youth development patterns.”
The above are part of the reason as to why we, as the ActionSA Youth Council, are calling on President Ramaphosa to #DissolveTheNYDA!
We are calling on him to dissolve the agency because instead of benefiting the youth of this beautiful Republic in general, it has facilitated high-frequency looting by the ANC’s young turks. In the spirit of “Nothing for us, without us”, and whilst we have ideas on what must replace it, we are embarking on a process to engage young people broadly to seek their views and ideas on the mechanism that should replace it.
Now, the abovementioned persons are an admittedly small sample of ANC connected high-level staff and directors of the agency, but we have no reason to doubt that the pattern does not continue in the lower ranks and we will find and reveal them as well.
In the interim, we submit that, in substance, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane has lied to Parliament, in breach of legislation and policy. We are therefore pursuing legal steps against her. She has strayed far from the guiding light of the Constitution and her Oath of Office. That cannot be acceptable any longer. We will not stand for it!