AS IT HAPPENED: Bathabile Dlamini dodges question on Scopa's role in new payment scheme

2017-09-15 09:54

During a media briefing concerning a new payment scheme for social grants, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini dodges a question about the role of the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa).

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Min Cwele: The insourcing will take place over five years. SASSA and SAPO will work together during this period.

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Sassa is currently in consultation with National Treasury to re- establish the linkage to Bankserv to enable these payments.

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In August, South African Post Office (SAPO) was unable to make a presentation to the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on taking over grant payments when the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) postponed self-imposed timelines.

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National Treasury has granted Sassa a deviation from a competitive bidding process. 

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"Due diligence is nothing new." - Bathabile Dlamini

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Dlamini says following the ConCourt judgment "government moved swiftly".

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Current Positions:

Ms Dlamini was first appointed as the Minister of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa on 1 November 2010, and re-apppoionted to on from 26 May 2014.

She is a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).

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