Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini has compared her feelings during the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) saga to being undressed and raped.
Dlamini sat down in an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News and opened up about her time as social development minister.
The former minister was accused of failing to ensure that Sassa was fully equipped to administer social grants when a contract with Cash Paymaster Services was due to expire.
Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela details the one-on-one interview with Dlamini.
This is how Bathabile Dlamini has described that time that she told me was a difficult time in her life.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
She spoke about how she felt betrayed by some of her colleagues and felt like she was sabotaged because there were certain people that refused to approve certain deals until the last minute because they almost wanted her to fail.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
In the clip, Dlamini can be heard talking about the ordeal.
You went through court for a long time and then again you go to the Constitutional Court, and then you go to another extension of the court and then the integrity commission. Five areas. No one has ever faced that in the country.— Bathabile Dlamini, Former social development minister
I feel like I was... you know when you are undressed and raped? That is the feeling I had.— Bathabile Dlamini, Former social development minister
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She got a little emotional when she started talking about how she was made a scapegoat for that crisis around Sassa.— Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN
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