If you scour local news sites like we do you’re probably tired of hearing about the awful Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and our botched social grants crisis.
Just remember that there are quite literally millions of South Africans who rely on these grants to survive, so the fact that it is being diligently covered and unpacked will hopefully mean a resolution to what is a national crisis of massive proportions.
That’s despite Dlamini repeatedly saying “There is no crisis at Sassa”, something she should be made to say out loud in front of those whose livelihoods depend on timeous delivery come April 1.
Someone who wasn’t in a forgiving mood was IFP MP Liezel van der Merwe, and she used her time in Parliament yesterday to land a few body blows.
She wasn’t the only one having a go, but of course Dlamini had the support of her own party to count on. Below from eNCA:
The individual in the spotlight was Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, who arrived punctually and sat stiffly upright, dressed in ANC stripes. She appeared not to listen to the majority of contributions, writing notes and chewing sweets, though towards the end was moved to deliver some heckles of her own…
Taking the podium directly after Van der Merwe, Dlamini was greeted with cries of support. The minister thanked Parliament for giving her department the opportunity to “set the record straight”, since ordinary South Africans had been misled by “prophets of doom”…
The minister then launched into a potted history of social grants in South Africa, citing a case study of a woman receiving an elderly person’s grant as “one of the many stories of hope”. The opposition’s claims that there is a crisis at Sassa is “propaganda”, she said, which has caused unnecessary public anxiety.
Everyone really, really hopes you are right Bathabile, but don’t you try and spin this as unwarranted when you are playing with people’s lives.