Sunday, June 21, 2009

Julius wants R5 billion for his "youth programme"

Julius wants petty cash of R5 bil to start off his project. Basically, he'll spend it employing "the youth" until it runs out. Just like the two previous attempts. I mean, what could go wrong? He DID matriculate - at age 21 - and he did get an "H" for maths. This is more like funding a gang of thieves.

The new National Youth Development Agency wants at least R5 billion from Parliament to fulfill its mandate on youth development, the agency's chairman Andile Lungisa said on Friday.

Lungisa - Julius Malema's deputy in the ANC Youth League - hit back at DA leader Helen Zille for accusing Malema of trying to exclude members of the DA youth organisation from the agency's board. Lungisa said they were surprised to read Zille's criticism of his appointment as a "mistake".

Zille said: "Lungisa's appointment immediately positions the organisation as a partisan political structure, rather than an organisation committed to the development of all young people".

She said Malema's reported insistence that members aligned to the DA must be excluded meant the board would "merely be another patronage agency to advance the selective interest of ANC cadres and will be doomed to failure".

However, Lungisa said the DA in Parliament had given the appointments an "all clear".

He promised that the new agency - launched by President Jacob Zuma this week at the national Youth Day rally - would not repeat the mistakes of its predecessors, the Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the National Youth Commission.

"We cannot run away from being members of the ANC Youth League and the league has been at the centre of youth development.

"But the agency has to service young people across the spectrum in all corners of the country irrespective of where they are coming from or their political aspirations," said Lungisa.

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