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Themba Godi: Judgment has vindicated Scopa

Scopa chair Themba Godi says it’s particularly pleased the court has ordered protection of the personal data of grant recipients.

FILE: Scopa chairperson Themba Godi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has welcomed Friday’s judgement on the future payment of social grants.

Chairperson Themba Godi says it’s particularly pleased the court has ordered the protection of the personal data of grant recipients.

For three weeks, Scopa has been probing what led to the social grants predicament, calling both Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to explain their position on the matter.

Godi says today’s Constitutional Court judgment has vindicated the committee.

“The line that Scopa had maintained all along, is that this is a self-created crisis meant to perpetuate illegality.”

The Constitutional Court has given Dlamini until 31 march to submit an affidavit on why she should not be held personally liable for the debacle and to pay costs of the legal proceedings from her own pocket.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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