IFP Calls for A Full Scale Independent Investigation Into the
Youth Ambassadors Programme

23rd August 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls for a full scale independent investigation into the alleged claims that some of those who were recruited under the Youth Ambassadors programme are not employable by other companies, because their names are still appearing in the computer system in the Premierís office.


"The Premier must expedite this as a matter of priority because even those who want to register for social grants are being denied, as their names appear in the system as workers, employed by the Premierís office. The investigation must also be extended to expose how much money has been spent on this programme, as the former Youth Ambassadors claimed that this programme was for five years, while they were misled and only worked for two years. Who is benefiting from the money for these three years while people are no longer members of the Youth Ambassadors programme?," asked IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.


"The Premier must do the right thing by telling our young people the truth, and that is that the Youth Ambassadors Programme was meant for canvassing votes for the ANC during the recent general elections. He must further apologise to them for the confusion caused by the termination of contracts for young people, while others receive preferential treatment, especially the youth from Pietermaritzburg where former Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize comes from," continued Gwala.


"We demand that the Premier must make sure that all the names of those who are no longer employed in the Youth Ambassadors Programme are removed from the system in his office, and then those youth ambassadors must be informed in writing that their names have been removed. If their names remain it will have a negative impact on job seekers," concluded Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature Chairperson, MPL, 078 290 5842


For Media Queries:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675