Former minister Bathabile Dlamini facing prosecution for perjury

The charges relate to her testimony during an inquiry into her role in the social grants crisis.

FILE: Former cabinet minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The director of public prosecutions in Gauteng has decided to prosecute former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for perjury.

The charges relate to her testimony during an inquiry into her role in the social grants crisis.

In 2018, the centre for applied legal studies represented by the Black Sash Trust presented evidence that Dlamini failed in her duties to ensure that Sassa was equipped to take over the payments of grants when an invalid contract with Cash Paymaster Services came to an end.

The Constitutional Court later handed down judgment, finding the former minister was reckless and grossly negligent.

A summons has now been issued for her to appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court in September.

The Black Sash Trust's Esley Philander: "The Black Sash welcomes the decision by the director of public prosecutions in Gauteng to prosecute former minister Bathabile Dlamini for perjury or giving false evidence."

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