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‘Cabinet hasn’t discussed possibility of disciplinary action against Dlamini’

Jeff Radebe says the inter-ministerial task team established is looking into all matters related to the Sassa crisis.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe says Cabinet has not discussed the possibility of disciplinary action being taken against Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Radebe was speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon.

He says the inter-ministerial task team established a few days ago is looking into all matters related to the Sassa crisis.

With just 15 days to go until social grants need to be paid out, Radebe was questioned on who will take responsibility for the current mess.

“The Cabinet did not specifically discuss the conduct of the Minister of Social Development. In the last meeting of the joint committees of Cabinet last Wednesday, that’s when the decision was taken to establish a task team.”

He says Dlamini’s inclusion on the inter-ministerial task team investigating the Sassa matter is not strange.

“There is no conflict of interest with the Minister of Social Development being part of the team because we require all the information we can get and it is important that she is in this team.”

Radebe refused to be drawn into giving clarity on whether he believes this is a crisis as stated by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, or if this is an invention created by the media as previously claimed by ANC officials.

The minister says a technical committee has been established and its mandate will be determined after Constitutional Court delivers its judgment.

COMMITTEE READY TO IMPLEMENT LOOMING CONCOURT JUDGMENT

Minister Radebe says a technical committee has been set up to implement the Constitutional Court judgment into the Sassa matter as soon as it has been handed down.

He avoided answering pressing questions on what Cabinet is doing about the Sassa saga, only saying that the inter-ministerial task team is handling the matter.

“An issue of responsibility will only come at a later stage when the inter-ministerial task team has looked at all the issues surrounding this matter.”

Radebe still stuck to his script when being asked if there were any ministers in the actual meeting who called for Dlamini to go.

“There was no such call at that meeting.”

The technical team will be headed by senior government officials.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)