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Things are only getting worse for minister Dlamini.


From the Constitutional Court ruling to today’s announcement from the Public Protector, things seem to only be getting worse for Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. The office of the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, today announced her intention to investigate the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

This news comes after the Constitutional Court ruling that orders private company Cash Paymaster Services(CPS) to continue distributing Sassa’s social grants for the next 12 months. The court also ordered strict regulations for the company, not allowing it to sell the details of or advertise any other information to grant recipients.  Minister Dlamini now has to provide reasons to the court as to why she should not pay the legal costs of the debacle, out of her own pocket.

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Mkhwebane’s spokesperson has been doing his rounds on all the main media platforms, he told News24 that the investigation was Mkhwebane’s “own initiative.”

“Mkhwebane already wrote to the ministers and directors-general of Social Development and Finance early last week to bring to their attention her intention to investigate.”

The office of the Public Protector has also revealed that they will be investigating a complaint brought forward by the Democratic Alliance.  The investigation will look into the relationship between Minister Bathabile Dlamini and CPS. IFP MPs and other politicians have alleged that there is a connection between CPS’s BEE partners and the minister.

The centre for investigative journalism AmaBhungane, has also revealed details that show CPS may have been awarded the tender to pay social grants, even though their BEE partners were no longer involved with the company. After the ANC’s recent notion of “radical economic transformation,” the connections with fully white-owned CPS, throws their plan into disrepute. With 12 more months of CPS distributing grants, it seems the ANC’s economic transformation plan is firmly on hold.