DA lays perjury charges against 'Dodging Dlamini'

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday laid perjury charges against former Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini.

The charges were laid by DA Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango, at the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

Minister Dlamini earned the nickname “Dodging Dlamini” from the media, in response to her conduct during the investigation into the social grants crisis at the South African Social Security Agency.

The inquiry concluded with the Constitutional Court advising the National Prosecuting Authority to consider whether the Minister, who has since been moved to the portfolio of Women in the presidency, be prosecuted for lying under oath in her testimony during the Judge Bernard Ngoepe Inquiry into the social grants crisis.

The DA Shadow Minister of Social Development, however, issued a statement saying that “it is vital that all avenues to hold her to account are used to make sure she will not continue to dodge facing the consequences of putting the lives of millions at risk”.

Judge Ngoepe was scathing of the minister in his judgement, saying that his findings strongly suggested that “some of Minister Dlamini’s evidence under oath in the affidavits before this [Constitutional] Court and orally before the Inquiry was false” and that she may even have “misled the Court to protect herself from the consequences of her behaviour”.

According to the DA’s statement, the Constitutional Court also branded the minister “reckless and grossly negligent”. As such, the party believes that she has no place in government and has given President Cyril Ramaphosa until Friday, October 5, to remove Minister Dlamini from his Cabinet.

“It is now in the hands of the South African Police Services to investigate these charges against Minister Dlamini and up to the NPA to ensure that she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Masango said.

Masango added that “Dodging Dlamini can no longer run away from accountability” and vowed that the DA would continue to explore every available avenue “to ensure she has her day in court”.

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