[LISTEN] Bathabile Dlamini tells her side of the story in social grants debacle

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is appearing before an inquiry on Monday to account for the social grant debacle. The Chief Justices office is set to hear the testimony of Dlamini’s role in last year’s social grants crisis.

EWN reporter Thando Khubeka chats to Ray White on The Midday Report about the status of Dlamini’s evidence, and what she has said on the issue so far.

Khubeka says that Bathabile Dlamini is finally giving her account in the Sassa crisis. She adds that what’s interesting is that Dlamini has asked to give her evidence in IsiZulu.

She has started giving her evidence and she has brought along an interpreter to assist her.

Thando Khubeka, EWN reporter

Khubeka says that Judge Bernard Ngoepe didn’t object to Dlamini’s request for an interpreter, but he explains that Dlamini is known to speak English fluently and she should do so every opportunity she gets.

Khubeka says that Dlamini’s evidence has dealt with her role as minister, which includes the appointment of senior officials such as the CEO of Sassa. She adds that Dlamini has made it clear it was mandated for these officials to report directly to her.

What is at the heart of this inquiry, is Dlamini’s establishment of work stream.

Thando Khubeka, EWN reporter

Dlamini said that work streams were established to ensure that Sassa complies with its main responsibilities says Khubeka. She adds that as far as Dlamini knows, these work streams were working well.

She said her department was unequipped and needed experts from abroad to assist them in the payment of grants.

Thando Khubeka, EWN reporter

Click on the audio below to hear the accounts witnessed at the social grant inquiry….


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