Johannesburg - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) described Thursday's Constitutional Court costs order against former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini as a warning to all public office bearers.
“We applaud the Concourt’s impartiality in this matter and its courage in holding this disgraced former minister to account. We hope this ends Dlamini’s career as a flagrant abuser of human rights. We also applaud the Black Sash and Freedom Under Law for seeing this case through,” said Dominique Msibi, OUTA’s portfolio manager for special projects.
“We welcome the Concourt’s dismissal of Dlamini’s argument that the separation of powers meant she could be held to account only by Parliament, not the Court. This sends a clear and welcome message to political office bearers that they can indeed be held to account in such circumstances.”
In a unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court ordered that Dlamini be held personally liable for 20 percent of the Black Sash and Freedom Under the Law’s legal costs in the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants saga.
The rest of their legal costs must be paid by the Minister of Social Development, the SASSA CEO and SASSA in their official capacities.