Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini pleaded not guilty to telling lies to the court of law(perjury) in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.The case stems from her testimony during an inquiry the Constitutional Court instituted into her role in 2017 South African Social Grant Agency(Sassa) grant crisis,which Judge Bernard Ngoepe chaired.In her explanation,Dlamini is in denial that she lied intentionally and gave false evidence at the inquiry.She said if she gave false evidence,then she did it unknowingly and was unaware of that.The inquiry was held to find out whether Dlamini should be held personally liable for the costs of debacle.The judge found that Dlamini was evasive when she answered the questions.She answered "I don't know/I don't recall" to very essential questions."She would simply not answer some of the questions,instead of answering the questions she told the counsel to proceed to the next one.She gave long answers which did not relate to what she was asked,I simply do not understand why the minister was not properly answering the simplest questions,"said Judge Ngoepe.
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