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Cosatu vows to intensify protests if Dlamini not fired by 21 March

The trade union federation held a picket outside Parliament on Sunday over the Sassa matter.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has threatened to intensify protests against Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini over the social grants debacle.

The trade union federation held a picket outside Parliament on Sunday.

The matter heads to the Constitutional Court this week where the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Dlamini have to explain how the issue is to be resolved.

Sassa and the department have come under fire after failing to find a new service provider as the contract with the current service provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) lapses at the end of the month.

The Constitutional Court also found the contract with the CPS to be invalid.

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Cosatu says Dlamini must be fired in light of the Sassa debacle, adding that she’s not fit for the job. It's calling for the minister's removal by 21 March.

Costau's Tony Ehrenreich says they're also requesting an investigation into possible corruption by CPS.

“If these calls are not taken seriously, we can see an escalation of protests, with our members taking off work to put pressure on the president and the minister.”

A memorandum was to be handed over following the Sunday picket, but despite Cosatu's requests, there was no representative from the department to receive the document, a move Ehrenreich labelled as “arrogant”.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)