Students' organisation wants NYDA disbanded

2011-11-04 13:38

Johannesburg - The SA Democratic Students Movement (Sadesmo) called for the disbandment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) on Friday.

"The NYDA has turned into nothing but a patronage scheme for the hugely handicapped (correct) youth wing of the ruling party," said spokesperson Wendy Dlamini in a statement.

She said the development agency only found jobs with good salaries for its own "comrades" while the rest of the South African youth remained unemployed.

Sadesmo called for the formation of a youth ministry which would focus on placing graduates in jobs, and replace the NYDA.

"We call on government to show progressive leadership by addressing this issue immediately."

The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade (IFPYB) and Congress of the People Youth Movement (COPEYM) also called for the disbandment of NYDA on Wednesday.

Leaders of the two organisations said the NYDA, said to be dominated by African National Congress Youth League leaders, had failed to address issues affecting young people.

IFPYB spokesperson Ntuthuko Majozi said NYDA was nothing but an employment agency for governing party elites.

The organisation said they would call on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe how the NYDA spent R106m during a youth festival.

  • Servaas - 2011-11-04 13:53

    "She said the development agency only found jobs with good salaries for its own "comrades" while the rest of the South African youth remained unemployed." Well DUH. Is this not what the ANCYL is all about? Ag shame, and then those toyi-toying idiots will still keep him in power, no cure for stupidity.

  • Felix - 2011-11-04 14:02

    Someone should tell the ancyl members that joining the party doesn't actually mean drinking and eating sushi.

      Had - 2011-11-04 14:37

      Your'e wrong Felix. That's exactly what they do.

  • Samantha - 2011-11-04 14:57

    106 million :( (shakes head) what good could have been done with that money- isnt it a nice example to show the future of south africa that life is about partying, getting drunk & destroying property and they dont have to worry about where the money comes from

  • Sledge - 2011-11-04 14:59

    Why any youth league at all. Study hard , apply for a Job, go for an inteview & when you are qualified for the job then you will get it. Demanding, handouts etc. Is what made this country the Black Hole already.

  • tbsdlamini - 2011-11-04 23:18

    SADESMO working for students

  • joe.rachidi - 2011-11-05 08:02

    NYDA we’ll never succeed rather conduct its business objectively for as long ANC youth league are being afforded the opportunity to be the mouthpiece of all youth of South Africa that simply means NYDA are as well the agencies for ANC youth league which is where funds are directed at,,

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