Even though the Constitutional Court found that former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini intentionally mislead Parliament, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's quarterly reports found that Dlamini didnt mislead Parliament when she said that South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) would be ready to take over grant distribution from CPS.
Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister of social development Bridget Masango, took Dlamini to the Public Protector and wanted Mkhwebane to find that the former minister had violated the executive ethics code.
Bongani Bingwa chats to Masango over Mkhwebane's findings.
As the DA we believe that it is impossible for the minister not to have known that Sassa was not ready to take over payments from CPS, but we note the report of the Public Protector.— Bridget Masango, Shadow minister of social development - DA
Dlamini set up a ministerial advisory committee that would look into whether Sassa would be ready to take over grant payments from CPF and when Dlamini had to deliver her budget speech, Dlamini was told that Sassa wouldnt be able to take over grant payments, Masango explains.
Each time the minister would be invited to meetings, she would not come and the DA told her that this was a crisis. You have a situation where you had a minister doing all she could to ensure that CPS continues to pay grants and at the same time would say Sassa is ready.— Bridget Masango, Shadow minister of social development - DA
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