Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Photo: Etienne Creux

Cape Town - A DA application seeking to interdict the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA), from distributing food parcels before the elections was dismissed by the High Court in Cape Town on Friday, the social development department said.

“It has been the DA's accusation that Minister Dlamini through SASSA has been buying votes by distributing social relief of distress (food parcels),” spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant said in a statement.

She said the court dismissed the Democratic Alliance's application with costs.

Minister Bathabile Dlamini hailed the court's decision as a victory for the poor, saying her department always maintained that poor and vulnerable South Africans had a constitutional right to receive aid.

“We have maintained that we will not stop distributing to our people social relief of distress because we have an election.”