NYDA: No plans to make SA 'ungovernable'
Johannesburg - Reports that National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson Andile Lungisa wants to make the country "ungovernable" are false, the agency said on Monday.
"The NYDA would like to place it on record that Lungisa has no intention of making the country ungovernable at any point," spokesperson Siyabonga Magadla said.
He said the NYDA would support demonstrations planned by the ANC Youth League aimed at highlighting the plight of unemployed young people.
"It is a known fact that despite various initiatives by South Africa’s democratic government, young people continue to be underdeveloped... as such the continued focus of merely quoting statistics needs to be followed with more action by government, the private sector and civil society."
Speaking at BMF conference
On Friday the Times Live website reported that Lungisa had threatened to shut down sectors of the country during his speech at the Black Management Forum young professionals' summit in Cape Town.
"In September, we are going to close every street in South Africa. If there is a cheese in your fridge, they are going to take it," Lungisa said.
He said the agency had never been funded by government, but had survived because of its own creativity.
The website reported that the agency received R370m from the government last year. In February, it was allocated R1.22bn for the next three years.
Magadla said allegations of the agency's poor performance by opposition parties was "political
grandstanding" at the expense of unemployed youth.
"While the under-resourcing of the NYDA has threatened its performance in the past two years of its existence... [we] continue to make inroads in improving the lives of young people.
"A collective effort to support structures that are put in place by government to support the development of young people is what is required, not continued unjustifiable criticism," he said.