Youth Development Agency’s top brass are now all ANCYL leaders

2011-07-09 17:06

Two more ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leaders have landed plum jobs at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

National executive committee (NEC) member and spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy has been appointed chief operations officer.

Moonsamy (33) previously worked at the Department of Social Development as youth policy development and resources deputy director.

Also joining NYDA top management is ANCYL member Khathu Ramukumba, who becomes chief financial officer.

This means that the agency’s top five executive positions are held by ANCYL members or its allied organisation, the Young Communists League (YCL).

The two join other prominent league leaders Andile Lungisa, NEC member and former deputy president, and former deputy secretary-general Steven Ngobeni.

Lungisa and Ngobeni are NYDA executive chairperson and chief executive, respectively.

YCL national chairperson Yershen Pillay is Lungisa’s deputy.

Moonsamy and Ramukumba’s positions were advertised in August last year. According to the agency’s annual report for 2009/10, the chief financial officer earned a cool R644 000 in the six months to March 2010 while the director of operations earned R650 000 over the same period.

Ramukumba, who became a chartered accountant in March last year, is a member of the ANCYL’s Sakhisizwe branch in the Ekurhuleni region.

Board member Pholisa Makeleni is also a former ANCYL NEC member.

In addition, the NYDA’s nine provincial advisory boards also have ANCYL leaders, including provincial chairpersons Ayanda Matiti (Eastern Cape); Khotso Morapela (Free State); Frans Moswane (Limpopo); Shadrack Tlhaole (Northern Cape); Keobakile Babuile (North West); Mpumalanga treasurer Lerato Theko; former Gauteng provincial secretary Thabo Kupa; and former Western Cape spokesperson Ndoda Ngemntu.

At the time of the appointment of provincial boards, the IFP Youth Brigade said 62 of the 63 positions went to ANCYL comrades.

NYDA chairperson Lungisa defended the appointments, saying that Moonsamy and Ramukumba were qualified.

“When we’re calling for the employment of youth, we must be the ones practising it,” Lungisa said.

Moonsamy did not respond to questions sent to her. Ramukumba could not be reached for comment.

Last year, Ramukumba (31) came out in support of the media tribunal, describing the “media ombudsman”
as “reactionary”.

“One can only conclude that the ombudsman is toothless and ineffective as a regulatory body,” he said.

IFP Youth Brigade chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said the NYDA continued to be politicised and was disappointed by the appointment of two more cronies.

“It’s nothing more than an ANCYL employment agency.”

Hlengwa accused the NYDA of failing the country’s youth and proposed a national youth ministry to co-ordinate youth development.

The IFP youth wing warned that it would recall its national executive committee member Maria Tshabalala, who sits on the NYDA board, if the current situation continued.

“Our voice is nothing but a drop in the ocean,” Hlengwa said.

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