ANC in favour of NYDA oversight: Motlanthe

2011-03-23 17:06

Cape Town - The ANC would support the establishment of a parliamentary committee to oversee the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday.

"We would not oppose that in any way, I believe. The ANC benches would be very happy to establish such a structure," Motlanthe told the National Assembly in response to a question by the Democratic Alliance.

DA MP Denise Robinson asked when a parliamentary portfolio committee would be established to oversee the presidency "and the NYDA in particular".

"It is unacceptable that hundreds of millions of rands are given to an entity with no accountability whatsoever," she said.

"What commitment can you give Mr deputy president that the unacceptable situation will be rectified and that the NYDA will be held to account?"

Motlanthe said he agreed that it was untenable to have "an entity that is not accountable" but pointed out that the NYDA was overseen by the minister for performance monitoring and evaluation, Collins Chabane.

He added: "With regards for the need for a portfolio committee that oversees that work, that is a matter for this august house to take forward."

Motlanthe did not respond directly on the DA's often repeated call for a portfolio committee to oversee the presidency.

The party has argued that the need for such a committee has grown with the Zuma administration's expansion of the presidency to include two new ministries.

It has termed the allocation of a budget of R1.2bn to the NYDA over three years a waste.

- SAPA

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