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nydaNews24 reports that according to Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is not and has never been an employment agency for the politically connected.

She was responding to a parliamentary question from EFF MP Makoti Khawula, who wanted details on the government's plans to ensure that the NYDA became an "authentic agency for youth development, rather than an employment agency for the politically connected". Nkoana-Mashabane stated: "The personnel hired by the agency are recruited and selected on the basis of the specified selection criteria and applicable policies and legislation. The NYDA's products and services are also delivered in a fair and transparent manner. Young people whose proposals do not yet meet the criteria are supported to ensure readiness. There is no requirement for a young person to be politically connected to receive the service of the NYDA." Parliament decided last year to restart, from scratch, the process of appointing NYDA board members. The earlier selection process was mired in controversy after a letter which ANC National Youth Task Team convener Tandi Mahambehlala wrote to the party's deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, surfaced. It provided the names of "preferred candidates", four of whom ultimately made it on to the final list. Nkoana-Mashabane made little reference to the current process to appoint new NYDA board members.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jason Felix at News24

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