- Experts are saying that Minister of Women, Bathabile Dlamini, could be one of the first to get axed from SA president Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet
- Dlamini has been implicated in a number of shady scandals and Ramaphosa cannot risk having dubious characters on his team as he moves forward
- The Minister of Women has managed to hold fast through two of Ramaphoa’s cabinet reshuffles, but analysts are suggesting that she may not be a third time lucky
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South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is experiencing a great deal of pressure to rid his cabinet of dodgy ministers and analysts have suggested that Minister of Women, Bathabile Dlamini will be the first to be booted out of his team.
The Sunday Times reported that Dlamini is barely holding on to her position as it is, considering all the accusations made against her.
Dlamini is known for being in cahoots with CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), Pearl Bhengu, and the pair has been involved in quite a number of shady dealings together.
The Minister of Women and Bhengu managed to raise Sassa’s expenditure by more than 1000% percent in 2016, with the amount spent going from R93 million to R1 billion in only one year.
A great deal of damning evidence was revealed about Dlamini’s misuse of government funds at a parliamentary hearing for the minister, where it was exposed that irregular spending in her department during her tenure as Minister of Women amounted to R1.3 billion.
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Among other controversial dealings, The South African reported that Dlamini and Bhengu also abused the emergency funding system, as well as executed mass incidents of maladministration.
With the pressure mounting for Ramaphosa to rid his cabinet of corrupt ministers, as well as the SA president’s wish to downsize the amount of ministerial positions available, it seems unlikely that Dlamini will make the cut going forward, Briefly.co.za reported.
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