- Bathabile Dlamini has given Constitutional Court official a hard time as they are finding it impossible to track her down
- She owes the state legal fees relating to court cases while she was Social Development Minister
- Three years ago she was forced to pay 20% of SASSA's legal fees relating to the Cash Paymasters Services case, she has failed to do so and claimed that she cannot afford the payment
Bathabile Dlamini has managed to evade court officials who are trying to recover money she owes to the state.
Dlamini had been ordered by the Constitutional Court to pay the legal costs of SASSA and two NGO's - three years ago.
So far Dlamini has not paid a cent according to The South African. The court's sheriff has not been able to track the 58-year-old down and have so far searched two of her properties to no avail.
To confound matters, Dlamini has changed her legal counsel which has made it even more difficult to track her down.
Dlamini has hit back saying that she cannot afford to pay the legal costs and claimed, without evidence, that her ministerial pension has been put on hold.
Her role as Social Development Minister has resulted in her owing a substantial amount due to legal action taken against her.
The issue revolves around the infamous Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) company that facilitated the social grant payments to beneficiaries.
Dlamini's actions resulted in the CPS contract being extended by six months and she was held accountable for this and forced to pay 20% of SASSA's legal costs.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that there has been more bad news shared with the recipients of the temporary disability grant as the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says that the agency does not have enough funds to extend the temporary disability grant.
According to Dianne Dunkerley, Sassa's executive manager responsible for grants administration, the agency has only R411 million available for the temp grant which needs at least R1.2 billion to award the grant to about 210 000 recipients who have applied to receive it.
The agency has received widespread criticism for a number of reasons over the last few months, some of which owe to the fact that thousands of recipients were pictured queuing outside Sassa offices to reapply for the temporary grant while ignoring Covid health regulations.
The temporary grant was made available last year of South Africa was hit with its first wave of Covid-19 which resulted in a national lockdown.
Now the government is being urged to reintroduce the relief grant as the pressure of the level 3 lockdown grows.
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