Stop harassing me, Bathabile Dlamini tells journalists

Dlamini dodged a barrage of questions from journalists as she was asked about the sudden departure of Thokozani Magwaza.

Bathabile Dlamini at a Mandela Day event. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says journalists are harassing her about the sudden departure of acting Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza.

Dlamini dodged a barrage of questions from journalists as she walked into the main hall at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on Tuesday afternoon.

Dlamini says she won't be giving any comment on the sudden departure of Magwaza.

The minister told journalists she won't be harassed.

“Please stop harassing me.”

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Her spokesperson Lumka Oliphant attempted to protect the minister from questions by blocking the doorway into the hall with her arms.

Magwaza's sudden exit from Sassa has raised serious concerns given his previous clashes with the minister about the Sassa payment scandal.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)