Deadline for Bathabile Dlamini to avoid paying for grants debacle

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appears before Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on March 07, 2017 in Cape Town.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appears before Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on March 07, 2017 in Cape Town.

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appears before Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on March 07, 2017 in Cape Town.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appears before Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on March 07, 2017 in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Women in the presidency Bathabile Dlamini and SASSA acting CEO Pearl Bengu have until Monday to explain why they shouldn&39;t be held personally responsible for the costs of the social grants debacle.

The Constitutional Court ordered Dlamini and Bengu to explain by filing affidavits.

The former social development minister is largely blamed for the crisis.

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Witnesses at an inquiry into the matter described Dlamini as evasive and obstructive.

The court extended Cash Paymaster Services&39; contract with Sassa for six months.

The grants agency wanted the contract extension to allow a transitional phase between the Post Office and CPS.