The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) demanded for the “criminalization” of the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini over SASSA illegal contract with CPS.
EFF is pissed with the Minister because the said contract dragged the country into an extra R1.2 billion expense.
The Fighters said they are not surprised of Minister “Dlamini’s inability to outline the heavy cost of an extra R1.26 billion to be incurred by the country should the illegal contract with CPS be continued.”
Malema’s party observed that the extra R1.2 billion comes after the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) was advised to consult the Constitutional Court to avoid among other things, a legal catastrophe.
“SASSA was knowledgeable that the failure to consult the Constitutional Court will result in the compromised lives of the 17 million people who depend on social grants for survival.
“Furthermore, more than anything, the Minister and CEO Thokozani Magwaza only mentioned on the 7th of February 2017 that the cost to be incurred by extending the illegal contract with CPS would cost up to R3.5 billion, which is R1.26 billion more than the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan had proposed he’d assist SASSA with,” related the Fighters.
With the foregoing, EFF contended that Bathabile Dlamini has legally compromised her ministerial office and that of Pravin Gordhan.
“She has compromised the Constitutional Court in the process by undermining the magnitude and responsibility of her office. (And), has prioritized the inexplicable greed of the ANC at the cost of taxpayers and lives of the poor.
“The consequences that should follow should not only respond to her inability to hold office, but should also translate to her criminalization as she broke the constitution and is actively involved in furthering a fraudulent activity together with the CPS,” stated the Fighters.
EFF buttressed that the contract between SASSA and CPS was declared unlawful and unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.
Adding that the tender was issued illegally without following procedural measures, the party uttered that the Social Development Minister is adamant to defy the court’s ruling in order to further the debilitated sentiments of corruption.
The asserted that Minister Bathabile Dlamini and CEO Thokozani Magwaza are willing to place the livelihoods of poor South African citizens on the line so as to pocket billions through an illegal relationship with CPS.
“This is a key example why government must not outsource such a critical function.
“Instead, a State Bank with footprint across the country must establish systems to pay grants, through its offices, mobile operations and work with more localized government structures such as municipalities to distribute and pay grants on time in a more efficient and cost effective manner,” EFF offered.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Development has rebuked reports claiming that there is enmity between Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
“Such allegations are malicious and are intended to wedge a division between her and the Minister who is a colleague in a collective Cabinet,” stated the department.
The enmity is said to be caused by Minister Dlamini’s rejection of the Finance Minister’s decision for banks and the post office to distribute social grants to 17 million beneficiaries.