Judgment expected in Bathabile Dlamini’s perjury case

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Judgment is expected in the perjury case of former Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning.

This is in connection with her testimony in the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) debacle in 2017.

Dlamini has denied intentionally lying in the matter.

The case relates 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 Sassa debacle.

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

This after the Constitutional Court had declared the contract between the company tasked with the distribution of social grants, Cash Paymaster Services’ (CPS) and Sassa illegal and invalid.

Dlamini pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dlamini’s application to have her acquitted in her perjury case was dismissed in 2021.

Bathabile Dlamini case I Court dismisses former Social Development Minister application[17 December 2021]

In November, former SASSA CEO Thokozani Magwaza gave evidence that Dlamini often interfered with the internal operations of the agency.

According to State Advocate Jacob Serepo, the first witness in the case, SASSA Regional Executive Manager in the North West, Zodwa Mvulane, had failed to respond to messages on numerous occasions despite being subpoenaed and was moving between Limpopo and the North West.

Video: ANC Women’s League members picket outside court to support Bathabile Dlamini during her last court appearance [24 November 2021]