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.Follow us on Social Media