Bad credit grounds NYDA can­di­dates

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - TSHEGO LEPULE

BAD CREDIT rat­ings and a crim­i­nal record came back to haunt some of the can­di­dates in­ter­viewed for pos­si­ble ap­point­ments to the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency’s board.

Yes­ter­day, 13 can­di­dates ap­peared be­fore Par­lia­ment’s ad hoc com­mit­tee set up to nom­i­nate can­di­dates for con­sid­er­a­tion to serve on the NYDA board.

Hav­ing short­listed 14 can­di­dates, the com­mit­tee in­ter­viewed only 13 af­ter ANC Youth League deputy pres­i­dent Des­mond Moela’s eleventh-hour with­drawal.

The league’s Mlondi Mkhize said the rea­son for the with­drawal was be­cause Moela was needed at head­quar­ters as he was part of the del­e­ga­tion in­volved in draft­ing pol­icy doc­u­ments for the ANC’s pol­icy con­fer­ence in June.

Mkhize added that the sec­ond rea­son was be­cause they had ear­marked Moela for an­other po­si­tion.

Yes­ter­day, the com­mit­tee lis­tened as the can­di­dates de­scribed why they de­served to serve on the NYDA’s board. They had to an­swer ques­tions from MPs re­lat­ing to their un­der­stand­ing of the role of the agency as stip­u­lated in the act, and what they would do to im­prove the qual­ity of work ren­dered.

These in­cluded for­mer board chair­per­son Yer­shen Pil­lay and his deputy Ken­neth Moro­long, along with Joy Maimela, Zandile Myeni, Zandile Ma­jozi, Siyad­uma Biniza, Si­fiso Mtsweni, Them­binkosi Josopu, Ndomiso Mokako, Bavelile Hlongwa, Andile Biyela, Zilondiwe Goge and Siyabonga Ma­gadla.

To­wards the end of the process, co-chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee Phile­mon Ma­pu­lane asked cer­tain mem­bers to ex­plain the find­ings by the State Se­cu­rity Agency fol­low­ing se­cu­rity checks on each can­di­date.

The IFP’s Ma­jozi was in­formed that se­cu­rity checks re­vealed that there were three neg­a­tive credit records against her name.

Ma­jozi said she was aware of two of the three mat­ters. “I don’t have any­thing with Vo­da­com, I don’t even use the net­work, but the other two have been re­solved for the past two years.”

Next was Ma­gadla, the NYDA’s for­mer spokesper­son, with R473 owed to Vo­da­com.

Ma­gadla said he was aware of the mat­ter, which had been a mis­un­der­stand­ing over the term of a con­tract with Vo­da­com, but that it had been re­solved.

Myeni, an ed­u­ca­tor by pro­fes­sion, from KwaZulu-Natal,was ques­tioned about a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion for as­sault.

She said it oc­curred in 2009 when she was a stu­dent. Dur­ing demon­stra­tions she had to de­fend her­self against three men who had pushed her.

An­other can­di­date, Biyela, was asked to ex­plain a record for a FNB loan of more than R55 000. He ex­plained that he was aware of the record and said he was in the process of try­ing to have the credit mat­ter re­solved.

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