Gauteng EFF ready to fight nepotism in the filling of 8 000 Nasi Ispani Government jobs

Through the “Nasi Ispani” program, which is offered by various provincial departments, the Gauteng Provincial Government is currently working to fill approximately 8,000 funded positions.

The Gauteng Provincial Government’s premier, Panyaza Lesufi, made the announcement on Youth Day that the application process for the thousands of open positions in the province’s departments had begun.

At the Nasi Ispani initiative, young people in the province waited in line to submit job applications, and some of them became impatient while Lesufi was taking time to arrive.

The EFF asserts that the capacity of departments to effectively carry out their mandate depends on this staffing process.

CMSR Nkululeko Dunga, the provincial chairperson of the party, stated that the EFF had long called for this to take place due to the fact that these vacancies had existed and accumulated over many years.

“However, the ANC government has seized the opportunity and is using these jobs for political electioneering by presenting them as their party programmes.” Thousands of young people in Gauteng show up to apply for jobs.

“Premier Panyaza Lesufi has muddled the recruitment process, caused confusion, and blurred the line between government and party functions by advertising these government jobs through and as ANC programs. In the process, Gauteng’s unemployed people suffer the most.

“We call for the establishment of an independent body to monitor the human resources process for the Gauteng Provincial Government’s advertised vacancies.”

Dunga went on to say that the ANC could not hide its desperate state as the general elections in 2024 got closer.

He stated, ” This is shown by the abuse of the Extended Public Works Programs, which prevents the rest of Gauteng from having a fair application process while hiring ANC card-carrying members as Crime Prevention Wardens and Cleaning and Greening Army.

“In the process of filling these vacancies, the EFF Gauteng has committed to enforcing accountability, transparency, and fairness.

Dunga stated, “We reiterate our call for the establishment of an independent body to oversee the process of short-listing and appointments to ensure that these jobs are given to the citizens of Gauteng who have applied and meet the requirements regardless of partisanship,” adding that “while the EFF public representatives monitored the registration and submission process in all walk-in centres, which took place on Friday.”

Vuyo Mhaga, a spokesperson for the Gauteng Provincial Government, stated that Lesufi pledged to provide 152 000 jobs in his State of the Province Address (SOPA).

“At the time, political parties said that it was just talk, and they even called the Premier’s speech Lesufism (All talk, no action). Now that he is satisfying his responsibilities, they say it’s a political plan. Mhaga said, “I hope they don’t say that the government has to wait for elections.”

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