- Bathabile Dlamini has accused the DA of racism and disregard for constitutionalism in a new opinion piece
- She says that the party's criticism of her is driven by bigotry and sexism
- Her comments come after the constitutional court ruled against her and the DA accused her of perjury
In a new opinion piece, Bathabile Dlamini has lashed out at her critics within the DA. Dlamini, who is the minister in the presidency responsible for women, accused the party of attempting to "undermine African leadership".
She was responding to the DA's decision to lay perjury charges against her following the Consitutional Court's ruling last year that Dlamini was negligent in her handling of the Sassa social grants issue. In 2014, a court found that Sassa's contract with social grants distributor Cash Paymaster services was unlawful.
The 2018 ruling also insisted that Dlamini should pay 20% of the legal costs that resulted from the scandal.
The DA has been vocally critical of Dlamini, calling her "Dodging Dlamini" in a recent statement.
Dlamini fired back by calling Mmusi Maimane "racist" and accusing women within the DA of doing "the bidding of patriarchy". She also claimed that the DA has no respect for constitutionalism and that the DA's move to challenge Jacob Zuma in court was "colonial" and "anti-African".
"Importantly, although the DA claims social morality and justice to be in its purview, it has yet to shed its inherited hatred for and curiosity about African womanhood," Dlamini wrote.
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