Dlamini pays for grants debacle

Former Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini has finally paid for her role in the Sassa saga three years ago. Ariella Scher, from the Centre for Applied Legal Studies spoke with eNCA's Dan Moyane. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has finally paid for her role in the Sassa saga three years ago.

The Constitutional Court ordered her to pay R650,000 to NGOs from her personal account.

This after the contract between Sassa and Cash Paymaster Services expired but was renewed repeatedly.

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Dlamini was found personally liable for her role in the crisis. The court found her to have been reckless and grossly negligent.

She paid R55,000 to the Black Sash and R600,000 to Freedom Under Law.

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies has welcomed Dlamini's payment

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"What the Constitutional Court found in its judgment is that usually if state officials are acting in good faith and with good intentions, then they're not going to be held personly liable for their conduct or for things that have happened in their department," said the centre's Ariella Scher.

"The court held that the former minister Dlamini's conduct was in bad faith, that her conduct aimed at undermining the social grant system, that she implemented parallel processes that led to the dysfunction, and that as a result, she needed to pay a portion of the costs from her own pocket."


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