Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed that it will prosecute former minister of social development Bathabile Dlamini for perjury.
According to the Black Sash Trust, the Director of Public Prosecutions in Gauteng has decided to prosecute Dlamini for allegedly giving false evidence at a 2018 inquiry.
She was accused of failing to ensure that Sassa was equipped to administer social grants after a contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was due to expire.
Dlamini is charged based on the testimony she gave before the Constitutional Court in relation to her personal involvement in the social grant crisis.
The apex court handed down judgment in September 2018, finding Dlamini’s conduct had been “reckless and grossly negligent” and ordering her to pay a portion of the costs of litigation.
The court also directed that the Director of Public Prosecutions make a call on whether Dlamini should be prosecuted and charged for perjury for lying under oath.
“Many will remember that this is a long running process that has taken place over many years the Black Sash and the brought an application the Constitutional Court, in which Freedom Under Law intervened seeking supervision of the court in respect of the unlawfully awarded contract to cash pay master services for the distribution of social grants,” says CEO of Freedom Under Law Nicole Fritz.
Dlamini is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court on 21 September.
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