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Another Dlamini disaster…

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Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) crisis disaster-in-chief. The Constitutional Court may have saved the social grant saga a few weeks back but now Dlamini is AGAIN making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Members of Parliament are not happy with the minister, they want Dlamini to pay back R3.5 million, the estimated costs of bodyguards that were used for her children. Dlamini was grilled by MPs as she addressed  Scopa on her department’s future plans to distribute social grants, she also discussed the agency’s finances.

The auditor general’s findings indicated that the department’s spending on protecting Dlamini’s children was “wasteful and fruitless expenditure”.

The Minister fought to justify the need for security though, explaining that she had received calls from someone in prison and their home had been broken into three times.

“There was an agreement because government processes take a long period (that) they are going to provisionally provide security.”

The EFF’s Veronica Mente was not going to let Dlamini leave without getting a tongue lashing.

“Now you a provided private security by the department. And in your position, you know well that this is not supposed to be the case.”

The Sunday Times originally reported that the total amount included monthly costs of a R1 000 first aid kit, a VIP driver for R21 500 and a vehicle for R22 000. These services were in addition to the security provided by the state. What kind of quality protection does the state provide though? The paper reports that the state provides a VIP officer and at least two other officers that are stationed at the home.

What do you think of the latest Bathabile Dlamini scandal?