Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance(DA) says it is not surprised by allegations claiming Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini was “non-responsive and causing delays” in the process of handing over grants to the South African Post Office (SAPO).
In a statement made by the DA, the opposition party plans to take legal action against Minister Dlamini following SAPO CEO, Mark Barnes’ claims that she was delaying the hand over process.
“Parliament must now intervene to hold Minister Dlamini accountable and to ensure that the millions of beneficiaries who depend on social grants receive these on the 1st April 2018,” said DA Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango.
“The Minister seems determined to cause yet another social grants crisis in what seems to be an attempt to ensure the continuation of the illegal CPS contract.”
Barnes further claimed that Minister Dlamini was “delaying the design of the SASSA card and the specifications of the corporate holding and special disbursement accounts,” to which the DA replied they were not surprised.
In a statement, the DA said it will write to the chairperson of the portfolio committee of social development; Ms Rosemary Capa on a call that Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, the South African Post Office (SAPO), SASSA and all the Ministers on the Inter-ministerial Committee on Social Services urgently appear before Parliament.