Dlamini misses ConCourt deadline - AGAIN!

The court ordered Bathabile Dlamini to explain her conduct with regards to social grant payments and why she shouldn’t be held personally liable.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has once again missed a Constitutional Court deadline to file papers in a matter related to the payment of South African Social Security Service (Sassa) grants.

Earlier this month the court ordered Dlamini to explain her conduct and why she shouldn’t be held personally liable and pay the costs for the grants payment issue which affected more than 17 million beneficiaries.

The contract between Sassa and service provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) has been extended for a further 12 months to ensure social grants are paid from 1 April as an alternative arrangement had not been made.

Dlamini has come under fire for her conduct, with the court saying the Sassa CEO reports to her and she should have done more to ensure an alternative payment system was in place.

The Constitutional Court office has confirmed that Dlamini failed to file her affidavit on time.

The court says the office for filing papers usually closes at 3:30pm but it remained open until 4:15pm.

Its doors are now closed and no papers from the minister have been delivered - by hand or by email.

This is not the first time Dlamini has missed a Constitutional Court deadline.

Earlier this month, she filed papers late ahead of argument in the Sassa grants case.

The court delivered a scathing ruling on the issue, saying Dlamini bore the primary responsibility for the problems.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)