IFP MP Liezel van der Merwe delivered all the heat on the social grants fiasco in Parliament this week. Watch her roast Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini’s defence of the current Sassa crisis.
Meanwhile the Rand Daily Mail reports that the fact that Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini admitted she was negligent in ensuring that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) would be able to pay social grants on its own on April 1 was not a good enough explanation.
A Constitutional Court judge roasted counsel for Dlamini and Sassa‚ Andrew Breitenbach SC‚ on Wednesday when he responded to an application by the Black Sash Trust‚ whereby the organisation wants the court to resume its supervisory jurisdiction for the payment of grants.
Breitenbach was facing a barrage of questions concerning his submissions to the court‚ especially on the oversight role of Dlamini to ensure Sassa was able to administer the payment of grants. When asked whether the payment of grants was not Dlamini’s greatest responsibility‚ Breitenbach agreed and said the minister had accepted she was remiss.
However‚ Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga said that for Dlamini to say she was remiss was simply not good enough.