Dlamini did the right thing to say sorry - Pensioner

2017-03-18 06:52
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini (Netwerk24)

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini (Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini did the right thing by apologising for her handling of the grants crisis, two pensioners told News24 on Friday.

"We accept Dlamini's apology. We have to forgive her, as long as they have agreed to pay. She did the right thing by apologising," Evelyn Meselane, 63, said outside the Constitutional Court.

She was sitting on a bench next to Lulama Muso, 72. She has two grandchildren she cares for because her daughter does not work, and she suffers from an illness.

Both women get state pensions. Meselane has three unemployed children and takes care of her two grandchildren.

Both women came to listen to the court's judgment on Friday morning.

"There are a lot of people who are suffering, who depend on this grant. Some are taking care of grandchildren and they don't have food at home. They use this grants to pay for such things, even for school items for the children," Meselane said.

Apology

Earlier, Dlamini apologised unreservedly to millions of grant beneficiaries for the anxiety and fear she had put them through. Her spokesperson Lumka Olifant said she would adhere to the court's order.

The Black Sash's Gauteng branch manager, Thendiwe Zulu, said the ruling was a victory for democracy and for the more than 17 million beneficiaries.

Standing with some of the grant recipients outside the court, Zulu said the court's decision was best for the country's democracy.

Had the invalid contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) not been extended, 17 million people would have gone to bed hungry and unable to buy basic necessities, she said.

Zulu said the Black Sash got what it wanted from the court, which was an order that it would supervise the implementation of a new contract to pay social grants.

The court ordered that the invalid contract for CPS to pay SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants be extended for 12 months, under the same terms and conditions, and under strict supervision.

The declaration of the invalidity of the previous contract between Sassa and CPS would be suspended for 12 months, Justice Johan Froneman read from the order.

Dlamini was given until March 31 to show why she should not be joined to the proceedings in her personal capacity, and why she should not pay the costs of the application from her own pocket.

If CPS wanted to change how much it got paid, it could approach National Treasury, Froneman said.

Dlamini and Sassa were ordered to file affidavits every three months indicating progress they had made.

During the hearing on Wednesday, a frustrated Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asked how Sassa and Dlamini came to be seen to display such incompetence in their handling of the debacle.

WATCH:

Read more on:    sassa  |  bathabile dlamini  |  social grants

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

/News
 

Does your dog have separation anxiety?

We've got tips, advice and how to help your dog

 
 

Paws

Fascinating facts about dogs
Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.