Minister Dlamini fails to turn up for Parly meeting, again

It's the second time in two days that Dlamini has not turned up to a parliamentary committee meeting to discuss the work of her department.

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

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was again a no-show at Parliament on Wednesday where she was expected to present her department's strategic plan to its portfolio committee.

Dlamini said she could not attend due to a clashing Cabinet meeting.

Opposition parties were outraged that her deputy Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu was also not present.

It's the second time in two days that Dlamini has not turned up to a parliamentary committee meeting to discuss the work of her department.

The Democratic Alliance’s Lindy Wilson says: “The minister is accountable for this department and she’s never here to answer questions. Is there some way we can look at to change dates or times so that we don’t clash with Cabinet?”

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Liezl van der Merwe adds it’s becoming a frequent occurrence.

“I think it now becomes a frequent occurrence as it’s a Wednesday. We don’t get to interact with a minister or deputy minister.”

Chairperson of the committee Zoleka Capa said the concerns were valid, but the meeting could proceed with the officials present.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)