JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile is holding both the Constitutional Court and the "entire nation" in contempt by applying for an extension of the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) grants contract, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said.
In a statement on Thursday night, it called for Dlamini to be removed from her post immediately and to be investigated.
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said it was "disingenuous" to claim that the payment by CPS needed to be phased out when the minister and Sassa were "well aware" they had had a year to cut ties with CPS, by March 2018.
"Sassa made a commitment to start using Postbank as from 1 February 2018 to pay social grants. We are now baffled as to why it would need to extend the CPS contract by another six months when the Constitutional Court made it unequivocally clear that the contract with CPS was both illegal and invalid.," Nehawu said.
It’s time President Cyril Ramaphosa intervenes on #SASSA saga. We cannot expect any leadership from President Zuma or hope that he will ever call Minister Bathabile Dlamini to order says #COSATU @GovernmentZA @eNCA @ANN7tv @MorningLiveSABC @etvSunrise @SAfmRadio @Radio702 @AP pic.twitter.com/aKZyULs4YA— @COSATU Today (@_cosatu) February 8, 2018
Cosatu said it was "shocked but not surprised" that Sassa had once again applied to the court to illegally extend its CPS social grants contract.
"Yet again, Minister Dlamini and Sassa are toying with the laws of the Republic on this matter. They are obviously irredeemable and will never come right."
Cosatu said it was time Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa intervened.
It asked him and the government to "release Dlamini from her responsibilities, overhaul the Sassa leadership and remove the social grants programme from Sassa's executive control and place it under the responsibility of the minister in the Presidency and the finance minister, reporting directly to Ramaphosa".
It is not the first time Cosatu has called for Dlamini to be axed.
Cosatu called for the Post Office and Post Bank to be paying social grants within 100 calendar days.
"Minister Dlamini, her family and senior officials in her ministry and Sassa's leadership must undergo a lifestyle and forensic audit by the Auditor-General and law enforcement agencies to determine if there is a corrupt relationship with CPS. If this is found to be so, they must be charged, arrested, assets seized and prosecuted," Cosatu added.