Thuthukile Zuma

Thuthukile Zuma/ Image via Twitter: @BuzzSouthAfrica

Zuma’s daughter among several recommended for NYDA Board

Other prominent features on the list include Sifiso Mtsweni, who is the previous NYDA board’s chairperson

Thuthukile Zuma

Thuthukile Zuma/ Image via Twitter: @BuzzSouthAfrica

The names of seven candidates suggested to serve on the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Board have been released and probably the biggest surprise from the list is Thuthukile Zuma, the daughter of former president Jacob Zuma.

Zuma is also the daughter of Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

 The Sub-Committee of the Select Committee on Health and Social Services, and the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and People with Disabilities released the names of the individuals on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

Thuthukile Zuma is not new to controversy

Just like her famous corruption-accused father, Thuthukile has also been fingered in some questionable activity. In 2014, Zuma found herself at the centre of a storm alongside Zuma, who was then president, after it was revealed that she had been promoted to chief of staff in the department of telecommunications and postal services.

The position came with some cool perks including a nearly R500 000 salary a year. This is despite not meeting the necessary qualifications for the job.

Who are the NYDA candidates?

The group made the cut out of 30 candidates who were shortlisted. Here are their names:

  • Thuthukile Zuma
  • Avela Mjajubana
  • Lukhona Afrika Mnguni
  • John Sifiso Mtsweni
  • Karabo Mohale
  • Paballo Ponoane
  • Molaoli Sekake

Some of the other prominent features on the list include Sifiso Mtsweni, who is the previous NYDA board’s chairperson and was appointed by Zuma, who as President, was the appointment authority at the time. Mtsweni holds a qualification in Sports Management and a certificate in SMME Management and Project Management. He has also been a member of a number of ANC-aligned organisations including the Youth League and Cosas.

Lukhona Mnguni is well known for his political analysis, including on Enca. Mnguni boasts experience in academia and is a PhD researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Avela Mjajubana was President of the South African Students Congress (Sasco) but was suspended for allegedly receiving R800 000 from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign funds.

DA: ‘We will be challenging these recommendations’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has strongly objected to the candidates, with the exception of Mnguni, and said it would be challenging it.

“The DA will not sit by and watch as Parliament passively enables the NYDA board to be turned into a graduation school filled with ANC cadres. It is for this reason that we will once again raise our objection to these candidates when the report on the board appointment process is tabledbefore the Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Committee later today”, said DA MP Luyolo Mphiti.