Durban - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has joined the many calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss Minister for Women Bathabile
Dlamini from the Cabinet. It also expressed the hope that the National Director of Public Prosecutions act firmly and speedily on the judgement against her.
This follow’s Thursday’s Constitutional Court decision to hold the former social development minister personally liable for part of the legal costs in the Sassa saga. The court ruled that Dlamini has to personally pay 20 percent of the legal costs incurred in the social grants application brought by the Black Sash Trust and Freedom Under Law, including the costs of two counsel.
It noted that the minister’s “degree of culpability in misleading the Court” was “inimical to the values of the Constitution”. Stating that the Department of Social Development is “as much responsible for the realisation of rights outlined in the Constitution as this Court”, the judgement
went on to say that as minister of that portfolio, she had used her position to “place herself between constitutionally enshrined rights and those entitled to them”.
The ruling also specified that the National Director of Public Prosecutions consider if Dlamini had lied under oath and whether she could be prosecuted for perjury.
The foundation’s executive director, Neeshan Balton, said: “That her conduct went against the values of the Constitution should lead us to question her fitness to continue serving as a public representative in our Cabinet. Even though she has been moved from the social development department, what assurances do we have that she will not once again act in a ‘reckless and grossly negligent’ manner as Minister of Women?”