NYDA comes under fire again

2011-06-15 15:07

Johannesburg - The National Youth Development Agency came under fire again, when the Pan Africanist Youth Congress of Azania (Payco) on Wednesday called it a "disgusting" organisation that lacked vision.

"It is not a secret that the NYDA's existence has become a virtual rather than a physical phenomenon because it lacks interest in positioning youth development at the centre of the national development agenda," Payco secretary general Lucky Khoza said in a statement.

The NYDA was inevitably bound to fail "from the word go”, he said.

"It did not come as a surprise to us..."

Khoza accused the organisation of failing to deliver its mandate and described it as "an ANCYL employment agency" that had no power to generate policies, and programmes.

NYDA's lack of vision also came at a time when "brutal attempts are being made to retard, dwarf and stunt the mental development of young African people through mis-education", Khoza said.

Azanian People's Organisation Youth president Amukelani Ngobeni said on Monday that NYDA would drag "a historic event such as Youth Day through the mud".

"A few years back, with all the evidence at his disposal, President [Jacob] Zuma did what he seems to be mastering ‘through a blind eye’ at obvious, corrupt and unscrupulous individuals in his youth movement and went on to launch the NYDA, a cocktail of disasters, the merger of Msobomvu and the Youth Commission," Ngobeni said.

"We call on all young people in the country to stay away from parties organised by NYDA in the name of June 16.

"It is our responsibility as the youth of Azapo to stand up and tell NYDA and [the] ANC government to stop telling lies about June 16, stop claiming victories which you do not know how they came to be."

The United Democratic Movement last month also called NYDA an employment agency for the ANC Youth League.

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  • watalife - 2011-06-15 15:20

    Malema's one stop shopping centre to buy all the rotten eggs.

  • Ross - 2011-06-15 15:23

    They not only lack vision and integrity, they waste a hell of a lot of money - disgusting.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-15 15:38

    It is a disgusting organization with a disgusting leadingship converting and praying on some innocent minds and turning them into disgusting human beings. What other country has an ANCYL/NYDA?????? Only in SA and zooooma is too ignorant or hiding behind them that he's not aware of what the outside world thinks of him allowing this bunch of rabble rousers to continue along its path with impunity.

  • Kevin - 2011-06-15 15:42

    They lack vision but what about the waste of money? Anything to do with the ancyl is a waste. If this is the monetary discipline the anc wants to teach the youth league then I am very worried .They would plunder the country in a week . Imagine how fat Fatboy would get

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-06-15 16:13

    The NYDA (National Youth Disgrace Agency. That money can be used for youth development centers or educational infrastructures. Blinded by stupidity! this is why this party lacks vision.

  • SaintBruce - 2011-06-15 16:19

    And the State gave these guys nearly a Billion Rands to 'play' with???

      Mabhulwana - 2011-06-15 18:05

      Did they receive that amount?

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-06-15 20:23

    It is obnoxious to learn everyday how Billions and Billions of taxpayers money is poorly utilised on failing govt social development schemes. Use the money to develop youth skills and cut out on the ever rising fuel, food and electricity prices which is unattractive to foreign investment essential in creating more jobs.

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