Two in line to head youth agency

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TSHEGO LEPULE

FOR­MER Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency chair­per­son Yer­shen Pil­lay, who is also the na­tional chair­per­son of the Young Com­mu­nist League (YCL), and ANC Youth League deputy pres­i­dent Des­mond Moela have emerged as the fron­trun­ners to head the NYDA.

The ANCYL and YCL backed their lead­ers to take over as chair­per­son of the NYDA.

The joint ad hoc com­mit­tee into the NYDA will to­day be­gin with the process of ap­point­ing a new board. It will rec­om­mend seven can­di­dates to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma. Four­teen can­di­dates will be in­ter­viewed by the com­mit­tee from to­day.

Other can­di­dates for the board in­clude Kenny Moro­long, who served as deputy chair­per­son of the NYDA, and Zandile Ma­jozi, an­other for­mer board mem­ber.

This is a sec­ond at­tempt at ap­point­ing the board after last year’s pro­ceed­ings failed over the el­i­gi­bil­ity of cer­tain can­di­dates.

Moro­long was ini­tially re­moved as a can­di­date after it emerged that he did not have a post-ma­tric qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which is no longer an is­sue.

Last year, al­le­ga­tions emerged that Par­lia­ment had re­laxed the el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments for can­di­dates to ac­com­mo­date Moela, who hadn’t com­pleted a three-year ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to this CV, Moela only holds a sup­ply chain man­age­ment cer­tifi­cate and is pur­su­ing a diploma in pub­lic man­age­ment.

In 2016, all that was re­quired for prospec­tive board can­di­dates was to be South African cit­i­zens and to com­ply with the NYDA Act, which speaks of the roles and re­quire­ments of board mem­bers.

Yes­ter­day, YCL na­tional spokesper­son Mo­laodi Wa Sekake re­it­er­ated their call for a chair­per­son to be ap­pointed based on their level of ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Mlondi Mkhize, the ANCYL na­tional spokesper­son, said they were still of the view that Moela should be ap­pointed chair­per­son, but in­sisted that they re­spect pro­cesses that are to fol­low and would await Zuma’s de­ci­sion.

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