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Former Minister Trial To Continue For SASSA Grants Debacle

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The former Minister of Social Development is back in court for her role in the SASSA grant payment crises.

On Wednesday the former minister Bathabile Dlamini, pleaded not guilty to the perjury charges she faces. It is alleged that Dlamini gave false evidence during an inquiry into her role in the social grants crises back in 2017.

The inquiry investigated whether Dlamini should be held personally liable for the costs in the SASSA grants debacle.

In 2013, a contract to distribute social grants with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was extended despite the contract being invalid.

In 2018 Justice Froneman ordered Dlamini, in her personal capacity, to pay 20% of the costs of applicants Black Sash Trust and Freedom Under Law in the application. The costs also included paying the two counsel.

Dlamini's trial is expected to continue on Thursday at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. This  after the state asked for a postponement becaue two witnesses were unable to be contacted in good time as appropriate arrangements could not be made.

The state said there was insufficient time to consult with the first witness while the second witness currently resides in a different province.

The judge granted a postponement until Thursday 25 November 2021.

Dlamini served as South Africa’s Minister of Social Development from 2010 until 2018. She then served as the Minister of Women in the Presidency until 2019.

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