Judge Ngoepe assigned to referee probe into Dlamini's role in Sassa scandal

2017-08-02 17:40
Bernard Ngoepe (File, Beeld)

Bernard Ngoepe (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg – Retired judge and chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa), Bernard Ngoepe, has been appointed as a referee to make recommendations on who should foot the bill for the Sassa debacle, a source told News24.

On Friday, Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini filed papers in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

In the papers, Dlamini said she would be "conditionally agreeing" to a public inquiry into whether she is personally liable for the "fiasco" which saw the contract with Cash Paymaster Services being extended by a year.

Also read: Dlamini can't contest who leads probe into her Sassa role - DA

Her condition was that former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke not lead the probe.

Dlamini filed papers to the court recommending her three preferred possible judges to act as referee in the inquiry.

NGO Black Sash, the applicant in the case against Dlamini and the department, also filed three.

They only agreed on two possible names to lead the probe, with Moseneke's name left off Dlamini's list.

Freedom Under Law (FUL), Sassa and National Treasury all supported the appointment of Moseneke as the referee as friends of the court.

The Constitutional Court will have the final say.

In March, Dlamini told News24 that she was shocked that the court had ordered that one individual "could be singled out" for the situation at Sassa.

"This is the work of a collective, but if a court says at the end of the day: 'Take responsibility', we are going to ask: 'How should we take responsibility for the whole thing that has happened?'

"I personally think this time is not a time to say: 'No, I would not have agreed to this, I would have agreed to this [instead].'"

She, however, expressed that it was correct for her to be apologetic and follow the instructions of the court.

Dlamini, as a minister, is the shareholder representative of Sassa as an entity, with its chief executive officer serving as its accounting officer.

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