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