Godi: Dlamini will be subpoenaed if she's a no-show
Minister Bathabile Dlamini has evaded meetings to inform Parliament about the progress made on social grant payouts for the last two weeks.
JOHANNESBURG - Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi has reiterated that if Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is a no-show at Tuesday’s meeting she will be subpoenaed.
Dlamini has evaded meetings to inform Parliament about the progress made on social grant payouts for the last two weeks.
Godi says that Dlamini is either covering up for someone or deliberately delaying the process.
“The Department of Social Development and Sassa have been very dodgy in trying to fulfill the decision by the Constitutional Court and we fear that we must be back where we were at the beginning of this year.”
Meanwhile, Sassa and the Post Office are headed for a showdown in Parliament on Tuesday over the payment of grants.
On Monday, Dlamini announced that the agency will put out to tender three of the four services required for grant payments because the Post Bank can't provide them.
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Dlamini, along with Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, are today expected to explain how negotiations have reached this point at a joint meeting of the Social Development Committee and the Scopa.
With only five months left before a Constitutional Court ruling has to be met for the Social Security Agency to take over grant payments, negotiations are still up in the air.
Dlamini has evaded providing progress reports in Parliament for the past two weeks, choosing instead to do so at a media briefing in East London on Monday.
Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee Themba Godi says: “I really am worried whether we are going to have anybody in that short space of time to make it.”
Godi says that if Dlamini fails to come up with a suitable plan for grant payments next year, she could face a motion of no confidence.
Additional reporting by Lindsay Dentlinger.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)