Former Minister, Bathabile Dlamini has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the perjury charges against her. Dlamini is on Wednesday appearing in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on charges of perjury related to her testimony at an inquiry established by the Constitutional Court into her role in the 2017 social grant crisis.

The inquiry, headed by Judge Bernard Ngoepe, investigated whether Dlamini should be held personally liable for the costs of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) debacle.

The judge found that Dlamini had been evasive when questions were put to her during the inquiry.

This asĀ  Cash Paymaster Services’ (CPS) contract with Sassa to distribute the grants had expired and was renewed on several occasions.

Dlamini was accused of not properly presiding over the matter and failing to ensure that Sassa was better equipped to take over the issuing of payments to grant recipients.

Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini faces perjury charges