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Dlamini summoned by ANC integrity commission

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was called to a meeting with the ANC's integrity commission in Rivonia yesterday, according to a report by the Sunday Times, to discuss her involvement in the social grants fiasco.

The commission, run by party veterans, was set-up in 2013 to protect its image when members have had criminal charges brought against them.

The report states Dlamini met with former Rivonia trialist, Andrew Mlangeni and former National Assembly speaker Frene Ginwala.

"We have just met with Minister Dlamini, but I can't tell you anything. We never take our discussion to the media. We will meet soon to finalise our report and send it to Luthuli House," Mlangeni told the Sunday Times.

On Friday ITWeb reported that chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and justices of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) have permitted the extension of the current invalid social grants payments contract for another 12 months.

With the looming end of the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) social grants contract, it took the highest court in the land to provide a way forward concerning the payment of millions of beneficiaries on 1 April.

Delivering the ConCourt judgement, justice Johan Froneman said the process that led to the judgement is based on the failure of Dlamini and the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) to keep their promise to the court and the people of SA.

In an interview with the Sunday newspaper, Dlamini said, prior to meeting with the commission that she was not the only one to blame and blamed her officials for the crisis.

She said she would not voluntarily step down from her post and that it was up to President Jacob Zuma to remove her from his cabinet.

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