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Yet another Bathabile Dlamini no-show at Parly meeting

Minister Dlamini has sent another apology to Parliament saying she's in KwaZulu-Natal attending a week-long event for the aged.

FILE: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini continues to raise the ire of Members of Parliament on Tuesday evening for failing to pitch to yet another meeting to discuss social grant payments.

This is despite choosing the date for this meeting from options provided to her.

The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) officials are appearing before a joint meeting of Parliament's Social Development Portfolio committee and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to discuss an offer made to the Post Office to pay social grants.

Minister Dlamini has sent another apology to Parliament saying she's in KwaZulu-Natal attending a week-long event for the aged.

But MPs say she's disrespecting them and their oversight role.

The African National Congress’ Nthabiseng Khunou said: “It’s a political problem and we need to be tackling them politically. I think it’s out of order and really irresponsible.”

Interim chief executive of Sassa Pearl Bengu says the Post Office has in principle accepted an offer to provide payment services for social grants, but it won't be able to supply the required number of cards for beneficiaries to receive payments.

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