Mon, 21 Sep 2020

NYDA board selection clouded by questions about eligibility and whispers of political influence

Maleke said the board cannot serve only those close to the ANC.

"We need to have various sectors of society represented on the board. I have not seen any white, coloured or Indian person shortlisted to serve on the board. We have young people from across the country who have brilliant minds. We need a board representative of society," he said.

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"The president needs to send the names of shortlisted candidates back to Parliament," Maleke said.

DA MP Luyolo Mphithi is in full agreement that the board recommendations are not representative of South Africa's youth demographics.

"We maintain that the board recommendations were an ANC-sponsored cadre deployment scam, in order to legally loot the NYDA's almost R500 million budget.

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"Clearly, the majority of the final recommendations were decided months before the interview process for the board even began, the parliamentary process was merely a box-ticking exercise by the ANC in the Portfolio Committee for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities," Mphithi said.

He also said they do not believe the composition of the board is based on merit.

"It is for this reason that we will again object to the NYDA board recommendations when the matter is debated and voted on in the National Assembly," he added.

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