- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that Bathabile Dlamini had not lied to Parliament
- This comes as Mkhwebane probed a complaint that the former minister had been dishonest over the SASSA grants scandal
- While the DA brought numerous criminal charges against the ANC Women's League president, this seems to hold no weight
Bathabile Dlamini has been let off the hook over a complaint lodged against her by the Democratic Alliance with the Public Protector.
During a press briefing on the finalisation of her report into the matter, Busisiwe Mkhwebane announced that she had found no reason to believe the former minister had been deliberately misled Parliament in a 2016 address on SASSA.
The South African reports that Dlamini gained notoriety after her poor handling of the Social Development Department.
With the Democratic Alliance on a warpath to press numerous criminal charges against the ANCWL president, it seems that this attempt is dead in the water.
News24 reports that a 2018 Constitutional Court ruling had held Dlamini personally liable for 20% of the costs involved in the debacle.
Cash Paymaster Services, which the ex-minister had appointed to distribute grants to beneficiaries, had been illegally appointed, according to the findings.
Briefly.co.za reported that earlier this week the company had been ordered to repay a staggering R316 million to SASSA.
Dlamini had slammed the ruling, insisting that she had, at all times, acted in the best interests of beneficiaries.
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