FRAUDULENT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROJECT IN GAUTENG

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17 FEBRUARY 2024

FRAUDULENT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROJECT IN GAUTENG

The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng rejects the Youth Employment Project by the Provincial Department of Economic Development as a corrupt and fraudulent scheme. The Provincial Department of Economic Development, through the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), embarked on an initiative intended to create over 75,000 job opportunities over a three-year period since 2016.

However, court evidence revealed that only a total of 142 students were funded in 2018. The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that an amount of R52 million be repaid to the state.

Amahlo Consulting Services entered into an agreement with the ANC-led Gauteng provincial government to create jobs and economic opportunities for youth with an initial grant of R65 million in 2016 under the stewardship of the then-acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, Ms. Leah Manenzhe. It was later found that despite utilizing R65 million by 2019, only 142 students claimed to have not received their stipends during their training at Ekhuruleni East College. This comes with Amahlo still claiming a greater amount paid out to students despite anomalies in payments as per the respective student accounts.

The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng therefore welcome the court decision that R52 million be paid back to the state as there was value for the money paid. The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng further call for the accountability of the embezzled funds and an investigation into the crime committed, especially by Leah Manenzhe, who signed off on this fraudulent agreement. Ms. Leah Manenzhe, who was rewarded with the position of CEO in the Gauteng Partnership Fund under the Department of Human Settlements, must be subjected to a review for her misconduct and permanently relieved of any government duties for compromising thousands of youth in the interest of corruption and greed.

Remarkably, during the orchestration of this looting scheme, MEC Lebohang Maile of the ANC was leading the Department of Economic Development. Subsequently, Ms. Manenzhe was rewarded with a key position in the Department of Human Settlement, which falls under the leadership of the same MEC Lebohang Maile.

It is important to note that this act shows that despite 30 years of so-called democracy, the ANC still fails in the attempt to create jobs for millions of unemployed youth. The ANC blatantly fails to create jobs and further the reach of economic opportunities. This, with the purpose of fattening their pockets, proves their lack of social concern and highlights their capitalist interests.

The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng will provide a scientific and guaranteed response to the unemployment crisis in the province and a comprehensive approach to resolving it. The 2nd of March will mark a revolutionary day forging towards eradicating youth unemployment, and all young people are invited to Soweto Dobsonville Stadium for the EFF Gauteng Elections Manifesto Launch. The Economic Freedom Fighters Gauteng Elections Manifesto will distinctly outline What Is To Be Done to resolve Youth Unemployment in Gauteng.

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