State's witness problems see Bathabile Dlamini's perjury trial postponed again
The case relates to former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s testimony during an inquiry established by the Constitutional Court into her role in the 2017 social grants crisis.
JOHANNESBURG - The perjury trial against former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has been postponed once again in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.
The State told the court that it couldn’t proceed on Thursday because its second witness was not present in court.
The case relates to Dlamini’s testimony during an inquiry established by the Constitutional Court into her role in the 2017 social grants crisis.
#BathabileDlamini The perjury case against former social development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has been postponed to tomorrow, to allow the state to prepare its second witness after the first one let them down. TK pic.twitter.com/vjL5dlWW9EEWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 25, 2021
Magistrate Betty Khumalo appeared frustrated with the State on Thursday as it indicated that it couldn’t proceed with the perjury case against Dlamini.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that its second witness wasn’t in court on Thursday due to administrative issues.
"And the court has ordered that the court manager must work closely with the prosecutor in order to secure the attendance of the witness," said spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.
While the State requested for the matter to stand down until next year, the magistrate has ruled that it must continue on Friday.
Dlamini was present in court and supported by the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League.