Bathabile Dlamini

More SASSA controversy as new CEO is in business with Dlamini’s daughter. Report

Dlamini is in the spotlight once again.

Bathabile Dlamini

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has spent the last few months getting bombarded with roastings, court rulings and the general public perception that she is incompetent. Things are only going to get worse for Dlamini now that news has emerged about her new Sassa acting CEO.

Reports from the Mail & Guardian on Friday morning have stated that new CEO Pearl Bhengu, is actually in business with Dlamini’s daughter. The newspaper is reporting that 21-year-old Skhumbuzo Mazibuko (Dlamini’s daughter) and Bhengu are both listed as directors of a company registered in 2015.

Bhengu’s appointment already came after the controversial termination of then CEO, Thokozani Magwaza’s contract. It is believed that Magwaza was under extreme pressure to accept a settlement package from Sassa. He had also received death threats after revealing that the Post Office would assist in the distribution of social grants.

Dlamini’s spokesperson Lumka Oliphant told the Mail & Guardian that the company was started by women with the purpose of buying shares and looking to enter the maritime industry. While Oliphant claims that the company never got going, the paper has learnt that the company is active.

Insiders at Sassa are said to also have a big problem with Dlamini’s relationship with Bhengu. Those same insiders have described the relationship as “problematic,” and questioned her independence.

The same report also indicates that Dlamini wanted a CEO who specifically wouldn’t oppose her views.

Fallen CEO Magwaza has been hailed by many as a hero, it is believed that he fought against dodgy contracts with Cash Paymaster Services and went against Dlamini’s negligence wherever he could.