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NYDA in auditor general's dog box

2012-09-25 16:56

Cape Town - Procurement procedures of the National Youth Development Agency's (NYDA) are in tatters, a report by Auditor General Terence Nombembe indicated on Tuesday.

In the NYDA's annual report tabled in Parliament, Nombembe noted more than R133m in irregular expenditure.

That meant more than two-thirds of the agency's spending did not comply with National Treasury regulations.

Nombembe highlighted various gaps in its financial reporting.

The NYDA management did not submit quarterly budgetary reports, as required by law.

Other flaws relating to the procurement of goods and services were identified.

"Goods and services with a transaction value below R500 000 were procured without obtaining the required price quotations, as required by Treasury Regulation 16A6.1," said Nombembe.

In addition, contracts worth over half a million rand were concluded without inviting competitive bids, as required by Treasury.

The NYDA leadership was blamed for not fulfilling its oversight function and ensuring the entity did its work within the confines of the law.

DA spokesperson Joe McGluwa said in a statement this was proof the NYDA should be disbanded.

McGluwa said he would be writing to Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane, asking him to scrap the entity.

The opposition party member said the money the NYDA siphoned from the public purse should be used for initiatives that could offer real opportunities to the country's youth.

"The NYDA is, and continues to be, a one-stop job centre for connected comrades, rather than an agent for real and lasting change. It is time it was dissolved once and for all."

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Comments
  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-25 17:19

    colour me unsurprised. If you want to know where the money went look in the driveways of NYDA executives. The comrades have lived up to our expectations.

      graham.j.nelson.7 - 2012-09-25 17:25

      I couldn't have put it any better.....as soon as the ANC are involved Mercedes Benz SA smiles broadly!!! The masses who expect houses on the house ... have once again been done out of mahala houses by their own comrades .!!

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-25 17:46

      Talk, talk, talk - the South African way. It is time for the South African tax-payer to take a class action against the ANC for gross constructive neglect since 1994. It must appoint a wholly independent auditor (eg from the USA) to do an extensive audit since 1994. The action must cover ALL irregularities (likely to be in the hundreds of billions). The ANC take governance of SA concious of the responsibility - the time has arrived for it to answer to its responsibility. The outcome of the action must be the effective seizure of the ANC regime's executive function and to be managed by the tax-payer directly.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 18:01

      Make them pay it back. SARS where are you?

      Blixum - 2012-09-26 08:46

      @Jamba: Fatboy should nationalise Mercedes and get it over and done with.

  • ajgreis - 2012-09-25 17:20

    WTF!!1 Ihave to work to get my money and work hard, the everyday gravy train, fire them all they are alee stealing at naked eye.

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-09-25 17:20

    So what's flipping new? ANYTHING connected with the ANC Youth League is crooked and a total farce.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-25 17:30

    wow, this is my shocked face - it's the same as my oh look the ANC just did what face and my look there's a taxi in the emergency lane face..

  • Mzuvukile Zendile - 2012-09-25 17:32

    Disband it! i fully support that motion, even when it was called Umsobomvu, it never served the youth of this country. Since the anc youth league suddenly became influential hard work has been replaced by 'political connections'.

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-09-25 17:35

    What do you expect, it was hi-jacked recently by the ANCYL..... It is supposed to a National Youth Development, not a comrade cash cow !!!!!!

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-25 17:37

    The laws dealing with public money are clear. USE THEM!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-25 17:51

    I wonder when will this gravy train gonna stop.Maybe its the voters who can derail it from its tracks and all those aboard gets dacapitated.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 17:52

    And how much money are you going to give them next time? Let us guess.....

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-25 18:22

      R2billions seemed to be a favourite these days. R2billions to the IMF, R2billions for a President luxurious jumbo jet, R2billions to the Swazi King, R2billions to the idiots kissing club. You don't need the intelligence of Albert Einstein to figure this one out.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 18:55

      With inflation maybe 3billion sipho...

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-09-25 17:53

    scrap it of it help us (the youth) not.

  • armand.horn.58 - 2012-09-25 17:57

    They ran it like a Spaza shop.......like the ANC run this country of ours.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-09-26 13:00

      I think Spaza shops are run better ... they have to as they don't have taxpayer money that they can steal.

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-09-25 17:57

    Coincidentally, most of, if not all, the executive members of the NYDA are members of the ANCYL, now with their leader about to be charged with fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, are we trully surprised. The NYDA has contributed little to youth development, other than throwing extravagant parties with free booze for fellow comrades......... Let's see if someone is held accountable or if we, the taxpayers must just bend over and take it where it hurts, in our pockets !!!!

      oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-09-25 18:02

      Ouch

  • Erna - 2012-09-25 17:59

    All very well, nothing new about the findings! BUT what is going to happen to the people running the organisation? Nothing. They'll be allowed to carry on and get more of our money to squander! No responsibility, no accountability.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-25 18:11

      No action was when over R100m was spent in that stupid kissing escape. I agree with you when you say it should be disbanded. In fact I was of the view that after that idiotic kissing it was enough of a reason to disband the mindless club but anyway we are living in interesting times. Keep on kissing idiots, Mcwa! Mcwa! Mcwa!!! What are they developing in case anyone knows, please enlighten me?

  • phillipmongatane - 2012-09-25 18:34

    The NYDA should be\r\ndisbanded. Clearly it has failed the youth.

  • allenttrading - 2012-09-25 18:36

    NYDA wanted a Billion Rand budget yet they misappropriate a mere R460 mil, a 29% of their total budget.\r\nWe are let down by own fellow youth, oNkosi baxolele ngobo kuwubulima lokhu abakwenzayo.

  • vasee.pillay - 2012-09-25 21:02

    Why does the govt.give these idiots funding.NYDA is a parasite body that lives off taxpayers money. This body does not serve any purpose and should be scrapped. They were supposed to help the youth to set up businesses with the funding they get from govt. There is no need for this body as there as so many other organisations who fund youth ventures.This is a toothless corrupt body only for comrades. Why does lotto have to give them funding when bodies like hospices and old age homes need it more than them. Lotto should not be used to fund these roughish bodies but only charitable instutions . Scrap the NYDA as they have a bad reputation.The ANC must wake up and scrap a lot of bodies it funds as buying support doesent work anymore.

  • nicky.tyrrell - 2012-09-26 06:34

    I have to offer another side to the coin. I work for a service provider who assists today's youth with the voucher programme, and the NYDA are doing a sterling job in this field. They are helping thousands of people (Black and white) with their businesses. They are a very necessary contributor to the youth of today and should NEVER be disbanded, only encouraged and helped to run more efficiently.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-09-26 13:06

      Very obvious that you are trying to protect your own business interests. Even if the NYDA does a few 'good' things it does not make up for the gross mismanagement and corruption.

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-09-26 10:22

    @ Nicky. Here's a hypothetical example: A training college teaches a 1000 students, of those 1000 students, a mere 10% pass the course. Hardly anything to write home about, in fact, alarm bells should be ringing because clearly, somewhere there's a problem. Apply the same principal to the NYDA and perhaps you can understand the anger of tax payers who have to foot the bill.

  • thato.mapheele - 2012-09-26 13:31

    how many young people know about NYDA its not in the spot light to be seen, they just using the entity to enrich themselves, let that entity be dissolved with immediate effect

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