'Bathabile Dlamini leading Parliament on merry-go-round'
The Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Post Office are currently deadlocked on an offer for the Post Bank to provide a payment system.
CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have slammed Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s handling of the social grants system, saying she’s deliberately undermining the Post Office to ensure a deal can’t be reached to take over the payment of grants.
Considering a budgetary review report for the Department of Social Development in the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, parties said Dlamini has deliberately been misleading Parliament.
The Democratic Alliance’s Lindy Wilson says Dlamini has been leading Parliament on a merry-go-round, while Congress of the People’s Willy Madisha maintains she’s deliberately undermining the Post Office.
“It’s hard not to conclude that minister Dlamini appears to be unlawfully interfering in chain supply chain matters.”
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Veronica Mente says Dlamini’s behaviour is opportunistic.
“She is now trying to do the same, deliberately sideling and sabotaging the Post Office and Parliament must now allow that to happen.”
Treasury is expected to report back to Parliament on Wednesday on its review of the impasse between Sassa and the Post Office.