JOHANNESBURG – A visibly angry Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini on Tuesday accused the former CEO of South African Social Security (Sassa) Thokozani Magwaza of “causing problems” regarding the work of advisory groups called work streams.
“Fighting over job of the work streams started when Magwaza arrived [after appointment of CEO]. I was surprised[at Magwaza] because he had agreed to the work streams,” said Dlamini when she testified at the commission of inquiry into her role in the social grants debacle.
Dalmini claims Magwaza, who was acting director-general of the department before he was appointed CEO, found the work streams already appointed and continued with their work at Sassa.
Magwaza and Dlaminin have been at loggerheads over the work done by the work streams as the social grants crisis became imminent. The former CEO said the affidavit that he filed in the Constitutional Court disputing Dlamini’s claims, was his personal account to “set the record straight” that Minister Dlamini knew as far back as July 2015 that Sassa would not be able to take over the grant payments. Magwaza also accused Dlamini of interfering in Sassa plans to take over from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).
The CPS was ordered, by the Constitutional Court in March 2017, to continue to pay grants for a further twelve months, after it was found that Sassa was not able to meet the deadline and take over the grant payments.