- President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing calls from opposition parties and civil society to fire Bathabile Dlamini
- Dlamini is currently the minister for women in the Presidency, she previously served as the minister of social developments
- On Thursday, the Constitutional Court found Dlamini was reckless and grossly negligent in her handling of the social grants debacle of 2017
President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing calls from opposition parties and civil society organisations such as the Black Sash and Freedom Under Law to fire the minister of women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini.
This comes after the Constitutional Court on Thursday found that Dlamini was reckless and grossly negligent in the way she handled the social grants payment debacle which gripped the nation in 2017 while she was still minister of social development.
The court ordered Dlamini to personally pay 20% of the legal fees incurred by the Black Sash and Freedom Under Law organisations for the cases they brought against her in the social grants payment debacle.
Briefly.co.za gathered that damningly for Dlamini, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been instructed by the court to investigate possible charges of perjury against the minister for lying under oath.
EWN.co.za reported that Ramaphosa has now come under increased pressure to fire Dlamini with opposition parties noting the president has absolutely no excuses left to save Dlamini.
Dlamini said she would not be making a public statement or give any comments about the damning findings and rulings handed down by the highest court in the country. Her spokesperson said Dlamini and her lawyers were studying the judgement and would comment at a later stage if necessary.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the Dlamini matter would test the seriousness of Ramaphosa’s commitment to improving the standard of governance in the country and holding public officials accountable.
Holomisa said Dlamini should be fired as quickly as possible.
The DA’s Bridgette Masango echoed Holomisa’s sentiment and added that the ANC had protected Dlamini for far too long. Masango said the Constitutional Court’s ruling made it patently obvious that Dlamini did not deserve to lead any government department or institution.
These sentiments were repeated by nearly all opposition parties who called on Dlamini to be held accountable for her actions. The ANC has not commented on the matter.
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