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DA requests criminal charges update laid against Dlamini

Last updated on July 2, 2019

Demo­c­ra­t­ic alliance (DA) says it has writ­ten to the Nation­al Police Com­mis­sion­er, Gen­er­al Khehla Sitole, request­ing an update on two charges laid against for­mer Min­is­ter of Social Devel­op­ment, Batha­bile Dlami­ni.

In a state­ment on Fri­day, DA Social Devel­op­ment shad­ow Min­is­ter, Brid­get Masan­go said in the inter­est of jus­tice and account­abil­i­ty, it’s vital police com­plete inves­ti­ga­tions and pro­vide an update.

“As long as “Dodg­ing” Dlami­ni and her col­leagues con­tin­ue to evade account­abil­i­ty, ordi­nary citizen’s will con­tin­ue to lose faith in the legal sys­tem.

We know of many of the com­pro­mised can­di­dates [ANC] to chair Par­lia­men­tary port­fo­lio com­mit­tees,” Masan­go said.

Masan­go claim that peo­ple accused of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing are in Par­lia­men­tary key posi­tions, as a sign there is no longer that account­abil­i­ty in the ANC.

“DA wrote to the Police Com­mis­sion­er to ask a full and urgent update on these two charges,” said Masan­go.

She said DA laid charges of per­jury against Dlami­ni in Octo­ber last year after she pur­port­ed­ly mis­led the Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court.

We also laid crim­i­nal charge against her in terms of the Pre­ven­tion and Com­bat­ing of Cor­rupt Activ­i­ties Act.

Dlami­ni admit­ted in her res­ig­na­tion let­ter, ditch­ing her appoint­ment as an MP that she knew wives of ANC mem­bers alleged­ly involved in fraud­u­lent rela­tion­ships with Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vices.

Dur­ing an inquiry into her role in the 2017 social grants deba­cle before the court, retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe deliv­ered a scathing eval­u­a­tion on Dlamini’s tes­ti­mo­ny.

Ngoepe referred the judg­ment to the Nation­al Pros­e­cut­ing Author­i­ty (NPA) for pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion.

Judge Ngoepe said Dlami­ni lied under oath in some of her affi­davits in the Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court.

The retired Judge weighed-up Dlamini’s oral evi­dence dur­ing the Inquiry as false state­ments.

He said the Min­is­ter may have “mis­led the Court to pro­tect her­self from the con­se­quences of her behav­iour”.

The Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court also brand­ed the for­mer Min­is­ter as “reck­less and gross­ly neg­li­gent

“While the NPA con­sid­ers charg­ing her, it’s vital that they pur­sue all avenues to hold her to account. This will make sure she does not dodge account­abil­i­ty for putting the lives of mil­lions of the most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens at risk,” added Masan­go.

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