Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has been sentenced to four years imprisonment or a fine of R200 000 with half of the sentence suspended for five years.
Magistrate Betty Khumalo handed down the sentence in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.
The case relates to Dlamini’s testimony at an inquiry that the Constitutional Court had established into her role in the social grant crisis in 2017.
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 debacle.
Magistrate Khumalo says, “The accused is accordingly sentenced to a fine of R200 000 or four years imprisonment. Half of the sentence is suspended for a period of five years on the condition that the accused is not convicted of the offence of perjury and Section 38 of the Superior Courts Act of 2013.”
Last month, Bathabile Dlamini was found guilty of perjury: