- The recommended candidates for the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) board have been revealed
- It appears that five of the seven candidates may have been preselected based on a letter written by NYTT convener Tandi Mahambehlala
- The SA Youth Chamber of Commerce is seeking a High Court interdict to stop Parliament from deliberating over the candidates
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed the seven candidates who will serve on the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) board The board members will serve for four years.
However, it has been revealed that at least five of the seven were preselected by the ANC National Youth Task Team (NYTT) before any interviews had taken place.
City Press revealed that it has seen a letter dated May 11, which was penned by the NYTT convener Tandi Mahambehlala and contains the names of the "preferred candidates".
The names of the recommended candidates are Sifiso Mtsweni, Karabo Mohale, Thuthukile Zuma, Paballo Ponoane, Lukhona Afika Mnguni, Gerald Molaoli Sekake and Avela Mjajubana. Five of them were featured on the list, written in May.
The SA Youth Chamber of Commerce has taken exception to this and is taking court action and asking the Pretoria High Court to interdict Parliament from deliberating on the seven candidates and to stop Ramaphosa from considering the candidates.
The SA Youth Chamber of Commerce believes that the process is flawed. Chamber president Thapelo Maleke said:
“Further to that, we will launch an application for the review of the entire process and submit that it be nullified and started from the beginning. If the ANC factions are unable to allow the NYDA to have credibility and serve the interests of the broader sections of society, then the NYDA must close shop, for it will continue to be a lost cause and an unnecessary expense for taxpayers.”
He went on to say that Parliament wasted taxpayers' money conducting interviews under the pretext of selecting candidates when a predetermined set of candidates had already been selected.
Briefly.co.za learned that the SA Deaf Youth Development Project also rejected the candidates and echoed the sentiments that the process is flawed, according to News24.
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Project president Clifford Machete stated:
“This regrettable appointment exemplifies a consistent pattern of recycling of the problems that afflict the agency and other state-owned enterprises, where incompetent political deployees are appointed to critical positions of leadership.
“The failures and challenges that characterise the NYDA in its mandate [arise from the] constant deployment of politically affiliated youth leaders at the expense of deserving candidates in different fields, including law, education and agriculture, as well as candidates from minority racial groups and the disability sector.
“We are of the view that candidates should not be appointed just because they are members of those communities, but we believe that there are capable young people who belong to those communities."
“The committee should intensify its efforts to find them. This would require it to go beyond its line of duty in understanding the challenges faced by most young people in the country, especially those in marginalised communities.
“We call for the entire process to be dissolved and re-initiated to create space for neglected young professionals, activists and representatives from the disability and LGBTIQ+ communities.”
Machete wants future selection processes to held by an independent review committee to avoid conflicts of interest, favouritism and undue political interference.
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Thuthukile Zuma is one of seven shortlisted candidates who Parliament intends to recommend to President Cyril Ramaphosa for appointment to the National Youth Development Agency board.
The Democratic Alliance has issued a statement in response to these shortlisted candidates with the DA's youth leader Luyolo Mphithi commenting:
"We are of the view that the majority of the candidates are politically compromised and have been installed by the ANC members of the committee in yet another classic case of ANC cadre deployment. The DA will not sit by and watch as Parliament passively enables the NYDA board to be turned into a graduation school filled with ANC cadres."
In other news, Zahara is one of Mzansi's most prominent singers and she's reaching out to youngsters in Gauteng. He heart is clearly in the right place as she hopes to enhance the lives of kids by using art and sports.
The singer shared a tweet in which she showed how she spent time with some boys on a field and her fans are loving it.
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