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Dlamini says unfairly judged over handling of Sassa payments

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini defended the work of so-called work streams to prepare for the takeover, but says this could take up to five years.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says she’s being unfairly judged over her handling of the payment of social grants.

Dlamini appeared before two Parliamentary committees on Wednesday, to update them on progress since the March Constitutional Court ruling for the Social Development Agency to assume the job of paying social grants.

She defended the work of so-called work streams to prepare for the takeover but says this could take up to five years.

Dlamini conceded that the Social Development Agency won’t be ready to take over the payment of grants next year, but says her department is not the first to miss a target.

She’s pointed fingers at the Department of Home Affairs, Sars and the NHI.

“We should be balanced in the way we do things. How much is the defense review?”

Dlamini’s blamed the media for creating the hype around the payment of social grants.

“Be able to measure people through their performance, not through the hearsay we pick up in the streets.”

Dlamini said she had not yet discussed Treasury’s response to the controversial work streams with Sassa Chief Executive Thokozani Magwaza, but would go to court if need be, to clarify their legality.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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