Protector to be asked to probe NYDA

2012-10-23 20:43

Johannesburg - The DA Youth wants Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

"We will be asking her to investigate the spending of funds at this event by [the] NYDA as well as the presidency and the Eastern Cape provincial government," Democratic Alliance Youth leader Makashule Gana said in a statement on Tuesday.

"This complaint marks yet another in a long string of cases currently under investigation by the public protector in respect of the NYDA."

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi was not immediately available for comment.

Performance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said in a response to a parliamentary question on Monday that the NYDA spent nearly R1m of its budget for 16 June celebrations on berets.

He said a total of R2.8m was given to the NYDA for the youth day celebrations, held in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.

The presidency said it had spent, through the NYDA, an amount of R820 000 to show "opportunities available for young people".

"The NYDA further covered costs for T-shirts for R490 000, berets to the value of R969 000, artists for R262 000, R294 000 for stadium branding, and lanyards for R17 000," said Chabane.

In addition to the funds provided by the presidency, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kieviet approved over R2m from provincial coffers.

Gana said the government could have found a better use for the money.

"This spending constitutes a gross waste of funds intended for youth development. The... [amount] given by the presidency to the NYDA for this event could have created 77 new jobs for young people - if administered through a youth wage subsidy," he said.

"Surely this could be a better use of state funds than berets and T-shirts."

He said vital youth development money was being spent on what had become an "ANC Youth League slush fund".

Freedom Front Plus Youth leader Wouter Wessels said: "It is totally unacceptable and a waste of taxpayers' money that the government and the NYDA had used so much money for festivities, whilst they do not have enough funds to empower the unemployed youth," he said.

In 2010, the agency hosted a World Youth Festival, which cost taxpayers over R100m.

The NYDA was criticised when festival-goers complained of long queues, going hungry, and disorganisation. Some attendees reportedly played kissing games outside instead of attending scheduled sessions.

  • MrGrumpy - 2012-10-23 21:24

    Floppy berets - not even a French artist can pull one off. On an entertaining note, I saw a taxi driver wearing one the other day and almost drove into a lamppost laughing.

      Percy Nene - 2012-10-23 22:31

      lol broe this is classic

  • Luyanda - 2012-10-23 21:30

    Due to a Media 24 Technical Glitch,only the word Umsobomvu appears on my response space/article AND some reactive knuckle-head gives it a Thumb-Down! Kr Kr Kr.....

      nick.tarr.39 - 2012-10-24 06:58

      Lol people fear what they dont understand :P

  • SharonE - 2012-10-23 21:36

    Not one article regarding these silly berets states where they were sourced from. Enlighten us - were they made in China? If so, the NYDA needs to go back to school for some geography lessons, as China is not another province in South Africa!

  • Erna - 2012-10-23 21:41

    These government departments and connected entities spend millions of our tax money on unimportant paraphenalia like t-shirts, berets!, entertainment, food, drink while millions of people live in abject poverty. They should be ashamed of themselves!

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-23 21:46

    Let them eat cake. . . .

  • Sandile Bhoma Ka Nduli - 2012-10-23 21:50

    Waze wavelelwa Thuli, you are being tested you need to be very strong in your position. Expose this curruption but make sure that you are not biased. Do it as per the book.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-23 22:22


      Albert Lubbe - 2013-06-17 06:50

      With respect,this lady is costing us a lot of moneey and the criminals are still at large.Malema,Arms deal,Nkandla,Gupta.So far she got rid of Zuma`s headache cops.Just investigating is not good enough,where`s the action.?Makes one feel she is not going to bite the hand that feeds her.

  • keith.recore - 2012-10-23 22:14

    doesn't it seem soon it will a shorter list of who is NOT being investigated?

      Bongeka - 2012-10-24 02:19

      @keith.recore---and you still want to choose the next leader of the country from the same pool of the well known corrupt individuals? C'mon South Africa,I know that you can do much better than that.We need somebody who has the interest of all South Africans at heart, not somebody who cares about himself/herself, his/her family,cadres,one race group,one province or village and his/her homestead.It doesn't matter which political party he/she comes from as long as he/she is going to serve us right. Sick and tired of these commision of enquiery now and then.First of all they take too much of our(tax payers) money and most of the time they don't give us solutions. So let's have an honest government for the people chosen by the people. I wish the other political parties that we have in the country can work towards the betterment of the country so that they can be noticed and not always against the ANC.Being against the ANC live on TV or wherever makes it even stronger. And guys you'll never beat it if you carry on like that.Remember we're still racially divided in this country. So if you keep playing the race card you're not going to make it,not in the next decade or two,believe you me.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-23 22:35

    A lot of respect for this lady.

  • mike.jankelowitz - 2012-10-23 22:38

    Why should anyone care?? The President doesnt care, the ANC doesnt care, the Youth League doesnt care........Is there anyone with influence that does care? The taxpayer is the only person that cares but cannot do anything to prevent this ongoing thievery, misspent money and abuse of power. How sad.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-23 22:39

    Those are welcoming news I'm having difficult time in digesting the pork this Nyda organisation is feeding us the only performance exercised is looting our money

  • Bongeka - 2012-10-23 22:57

    Kodwa nkosi yami (my God) what happened in this country or our government? Is there one government department which is not corrupt? Thuli Madonsela is now over worked. But she's not complainig. And the only way to take some work load off her shoulders is if we make her a country's president then she'll delegate some of her work to her competant team. And still make sure that all departments are smoothly snd correctly run. She has shown us that she is capable time and time again. "VIVA THULI MADONSELA FOR THE COUNTRY'S PRESIDENT, VIVA"

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-10-23 23:37

      Bongeka - "Nkosi" - and I hope he hasn't given up on us. We are a sorry bunch bunch - just like the Romans before their Empire collapsed. There are those who can - they don't. There are those who can't - they refuse to relinquish their positions. There are those in the middle - the ones that will die in a civil war. Our script has been written a long time ago. Mandela delayed it. The ANC destroyed it. Most of our citizens have never experienced War. It is a very unpleasant place to be.

      Bongeka - 2012-10-23 23:43

      TaniaSandraSteyn-you can say that again.What are we going to do? Or we are being punished for something we didn't do and don't even know what it is? "GOD PLEASE HELP US".

  • Samora d'Mour Maseko - 2012-10-23 23:08

    they should just create job opportunities and stop spending our tax money on entertainments... or maybe we should wait for Malema to address this issue???

  • Odicito - 2012-10-24 01:15

    NYDA has always been and will always remain the ANCYL's cash cow. It has never served any purpose useful to young people of South Africa - except of course lining the pockets of lunatics in the ANCYL. It seems there is too much money waiting around for lunatic to spend than there is to support start-up young entrepreneurs and deliver services. Here is a tip thieves - if you allow small businesses to flourish, people will have more opportunities to take care of themselves (less dependence on government), and you will have more tax to steal (seems to be the key reasons most are there anyway).

  • richard.wynne.332 - 2012-10-24 13:55

    people really do have a self destructive attitude around here dont they? they have a very important job of making lives better for their fellow youths but they spent the money on party hats. these are your own people damnit!....why do opposition parties care more about it than their own party!!!?

  • koosemmanuel.mathebula - 2012-10-25 14:11

    The NYDA Act (54) of 2008 was passed on a flawed process in Parliament, this law came uncostitutionally and is therefore invalid in terms of Section 2 of the Constitution. I am a victim of that flawed process. this was done by corrupt politiians who did not think of the youth but themselves so they squander public funds. I still mantain that my inalienable human rights to Human dignity

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