Dangor: Dlamini trying to shift blame by claiming racism

The former Social Development DG says blame for the Sassa grant payments crisis should lie with Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

FILE: Former Social Development Director-General Zane Dangor. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG – Former Social Development Director-General Zane Dangor has filed papers to the Constitutional Court explaining his side of the story in the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant crisis saga.

Dangor says despite the minister’s attempts to put the blame of the crisis on him and others in Sassa and the department, the blame should lie with her.

The former Director-General resigned from the department amid the recent legal battle for the distribution of the social grants.

In a sworn affidavit for the Constitutional Court, Dangor tells of how many people tried to help ensure social grants were paid on time but were belittled by Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

The papers claim that the minister’s affidavit to the Constitutional Court saying that she was not kept in the know concerning the looming grant crisis was simply not true.

He says in his statement that Dlamini undermined his abilities to provide leadership and guidance to his staff.

Dangor says this was followed by texts from the minister claiming that his involvement in the pursuit for a solution in the grant crisis showed him to be macho and racist.

He says the minister’s statements before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts are what forced him to tender his resignation.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)