Youth delegates are free - NYDA

2010-12-15 22:25

Pretoria - Participants at the 17th World Youth Festival in Pretoria are not prisoners and cannot be restricted from doing certain things, including playing kissing games, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chair Andile Lungisa said on Wednesday.

“They are playing during lunch. They are not prisoners... this is not a prisoners festival but a youth festival. They will continue kissing each other.

"They've even just made up a new dance which they were teaching the foreign delegation,” Lungisa said when asked if such extramural activities would not detract them and make them lose what they were to obtain at "the festival of ideas".

“Notes are taken during seminars, nothing will be lost. These notes will be part of final resolutions and festival.”

The first day of the festival was marred by delays, with thousands of delegates milling around outside, some resorting to playing kissing games.

Lungisa said teething problems involving the late arrival of buses and the shortage of food, and the water situation which forced many living in Soshanguve’s Tshwane University of Technology to bath with cold water were now addressed.

“There is now hot water. Now at least they can mix with the cold water,” he said.

New catering company

Delegates complained that were going hungry as they were not given food. Some were turned away because they did not have small green food vouchers.

Lungisa said there was a new catering company, which had set up four working stations around the Tshwane Events Centre, also known as the Pretoria Show Grounds.

This would help ease the long queues and all issues around food.

“As we move forward, we are getting better.”

He light-heartedly dismissed the fact that a group of youths forced their way into the media room on Tuesday night as an "act against imperialism".

The youths demanded that he address their grievances but left without seeing him.

“People are running all over wanting to defeat imperialism now.”

  • Denise - 2010-12-16 00:24

    Sounds a lot like the training achademy for anarchy and chaos! Is this the new world order????

      emile.marais - 2010-12-16 00:33

      Seems to be. Think de-evolution comes to mind.

  • emile.marais - 2010-12-16 00:24

    Is this article a joke? Anyway gonna be throwing a house party for me dogs now and join in the celebration of idiocy - I'm still a 'youth' so what the heck!

  • dilligaf - 2010-12-16 00:32

    I'm sorry, I'm struggling to type as the tears roll down my cheeks.....You can't buy comedy at this price. I thank the long-suffering heroes of the revolution against the insufferable forces of the evil called imperialism for this farce. It's way better than buying a bootleg DVD from our great trading partner, North Korea. (wiping the tears from my wrinkled brow). Let the looting continue......

  • dilligaf - 2010-12-16 00:33

    Or, to put it simply, you couldn't make this shit up if you tried.....

      Gladyz - 2010-12-16 00:57

      sad but true!

  • Macho Mike - 2010-12-16 01:43

    “As we move forward, we are getting better” stated Com-red Andile Lungisa. Lekker my China , by the time you get to the last day, your forward momentum would have gained such acceleration to be enough to propel you through your own fundament, or to be more blunt, your anus. “People are running all over wanting to defeat imperialism now.” I know, i saw then scurring over the hill towards Bliekiesdorp and Mafeking to do just such a brave thing, but the tweeter she beat them to it and the Imperialists, well they haved moved to China now. WHO NEEDS COMEDIANS WITH THIS BUNCH OF POLOOKAS?

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-12-16 02:24

    Well, the NYDA are probably the oldest delegates there. If "kissing games" mean what I think it means they should be arrested for child molestation. The chop who wrote this article sounds like a product of OBE.

  • Sluggo - 2010-12-16 03:42

    Lungisa said: “As we move forward, we are getting better.” Is this person for real?

      abezarco - 2010-12-16 05:55

      Yes he is real and just a bottom feeder on the IQ chain like his comrades. Anyone surprised why these "events" fail and always will under these morons.

  • BigD - 2010-12-16 06:27

    What a mess. They are taking notes, why not video events and place on you tube so we can all see what they are taking about. This "act against imperialism" topic discussions will be interesting to see what the hell they are thrying to achieve.

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-16 06:57

    "People are running all over wanting to defeat imperialism" What a COCK! Pity the "COMMIE PEOPLE" are being HOSTED by the CAPITALIST / IMPERIALISTS! Using IMPERIALIST'S MONEY must "HURT"!!!!!!!!!!! And to think that these Communists actually have a right to vote for a capitalist way of life!

      AlfredNeuman - 2010-12-16 10:59

      True that. I've dealt with many ANCYL folks and something they all have in common is the inability to grasp the concepts of irony and hypocrisy. Common sense is also a rare find among that shallow end of the gene pool.

  • ggsteele1 - 2010-12-16 08:24

    Down with Imperialism! Down with Apartheid! Stop the Genocide! Save the Children! Kill the Boer! Kiss the Comrades! Feed the Youths! No Bloody Agents!.......Luv it!!!!

  • Carl Muller - 2010-12-16 08:28

    And they paid R69 million for this.....

  • Japie - 2010-12-16 08:45

    OK OK, something lost in translation - Versoeningsdag (Day of Reconciliation) is being translated as "For Kissing Day". Those Imperialistic Dictionaries should be burnt!

  • Vernon - 2010-12-16 08:47

    One of the definitions of Imperilism is "The belief in empire-building; a belief that one is entitled to conquer other nations." If a country has an interest in protecting its investments and people, surely there will be fighting along the way, or must we all just back off from each other, you live in your corner and I will live in mine? These young people are being brainwashed. There will always be the nations that want to build and grow, then there will be the nations that want to just take what is not theirs, and those are the breakers. These youth at this festival are the stealers and breakers.

  • Dog Poo - 2010-12-16 12:34

    Lungisa you are right, participants are not restricted on doing certain things, boot camp exercises would have been a better idea than the kissing game, this exercising of lips and tongues is not beneficial to the purpose of the festival. Please tell us what benefit was kissing going to bring to the festival? Name only ONE ...

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