FUL: Bathabile Dlamini acted with gross recklessness at best

Rights group Freedom Under Law (FUL) says the Constitutional Court made it clear that former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini acted with bad faith in the execution of her official duties.

Last month, the ConCourt ruled that Dlamini must personally pay 20% of the costs from last year’s Sassa debacle, out of her own pocket.

The costs in question relate to the court challenge brought by the Black Sash and FUL.

Read more: Black Sash applauds ConCourt ruling ordering Dlamini to pay costs for Sassa saga

The court also ordered the NPA to determine whether Dlamini should be prosecuted for perjury for lying under oath about her role in the crisis.

CEO of FUL, Nicole Fritz, says the court essentially found that Dlamini acted with gross recklessness at best.

Fritz says the judgment does have a precedent-setting quality in terms of political accountability.

Read also: Why the DA's bid to oust Dlamini and Gigaba will probably fail

The court came down and said that her conduct was so culpable that there's no conclusion but that she acted with bad faith in the execution of her official duties.

Nicole Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Under Law

At the very best for her, she acted with gross recklessness. That's the standard by which one then imposes a personal costs order.

Nicole Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Under Law

It's a sad indictment in our country that we have had an official occupying this level of seniority who has been so callous in a sense, in regard to her duties and obligations towards those who are most vulnerable.

Nicole Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Under Law

It's not just our legal system, but the political principals that should be taking this order very seriously.

Nicole Fritz, Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Under Law

She explores how severe the findings are against the minister, and the legal and political implications thereof.

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