Self-announced epileptic Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini confirmed she paid the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) an astounding R500 000 for an interview, among others to reject far reaching claims that she is a drunk.
The department told SABC on Thursday that there is nothing unique about paying public broadcaster to host ministers in a bid to boost their profiles.
This follows claims that Minister Bathabile Dlamini paid the SABC R500 000 to host her for an interview on the SABC 3 show Real Talk With Anele.
In an interview Minister Dlamini declared she was epileptic, saying her speech is hindered, thus people dependably think she is a drunk.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi rejects the justification that Bathabile Dlamini’s interview was an advert for the work she does in government.
“Bathabile Dlamini used taxpayers’ money to profile herself and not her work at the Department of Social Development. The 80% of the interview was about herself, ANC Woman’s League, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,” said Ndlozi.
But Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Social Development Bridget Masango described the meeting as astounding fluff interview, saying the move was an attempt to improve the Minister’s already tarnished reputation.
“If this allegations are valid, the Minister must pay back the money. R500 000 could have paid more than 300 social grants,” said Masango.
It is stunning the department had the dauntlessness to utilise public money for an interview.
“The department is mandated to serve poor people, penniless and defenseless within our society, it isn’t ordered to utilise tax payers money to make fumbling Ministers look great,” said Masango.
Instead of improving her tarnished image, said Masango the Minister should concentrate on guaranteeing a smooth change when the PostBank assumes control over the electronic payments of social grants on February 1, 2018.
She said DA will now present a scope of Parliamentary inquiries to deal with this possible mishandle of tax payers money.
“The public deserves to know if Social Development department did pay for the interview. If that is the case the Minister must pay back the money,” added Masango.
She said the interview was nothing more than a fluff piece which cannot negate the damage Dlamini has done.