The usual suspects making the same mess

2010-12-18 00:00

THE sense of entitlement that is held by members of the ANC Youth League

(ANCYL), who are part of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), is disturbing, to say the least.

For the lay youth, it is difficult to distinguish between the two bodies because one is part of the other, and vice versa.

The chaos that has characterised the National Youth Festival irks me because it perpetuates the stereotypes that have been synonymous with the continent of Africa.

When the previous youth agencies were merged into what we know as the NYDA, office bearers and other so-called youth activists demanded a budget of about a billion rand for youth development initiatives. Rightfully, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told them that R400 million would be more than enough for the agency to meet its mandate. What was of concern was that previous youth agencies were littered with problems and they failed dismally to deliver on their mandate. A lack of financial management and corruption were the order of the day.

So Gordhan had more than one reason to be concerned about how the finances would be managed by the new body because other than a name change, little else had changed. The same usual suspects are the ones navigating the new ship.

When it was reported that the youth festival experienced some problems before it started, I was hardly surprised, but what is even more concerning is that the organisers of the event are the same people who are in charge of the R400 million.

There have been reports that the new agency is being used to guarantee ANCYL “comrades” monthly incomes, which are on the same level as chief directors in the public sector. I believe that people should be remunerated for what they deliver but when chaos is the order of the day, it raises concerns about the office bearers’ ability to run an agency that has such a critical mandate. It raises the question of wasteful expenditure.

The unemployment rate, as well as the skills shortage, are some of the challenges facing this country and if little is done to address this cancer, challenges such as crime will not disappear, not in my lifetime.

Townships are overpopulated with young people who wake up and do nothing but loiter and look for shortcuts to a better life, often in an illegal manner.

Just because you are from the townships, or you grew up there, does not mean you understand the challenges facing the youth, or have a solution to those challenges. Some level of literacy is critical in order to be able to respond to the social ills facing the youth.

Membership of the NYDA, and who benefits from it, should not be based on any political allegiance. Not only should an audit be conducted, action should be taken against those who are found to be in contravention of the administration’s rules and regulations, including pressing criminal charges, regardless of how influential the people are in the ANCYL.

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