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DOJ clarifies reports on Bathabile Dlamini’s ‘blocked’ pension

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said it was Sassa that ordered Bathabile Dlamini's pension be blocked.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has shown their hostility towards claims about the political reason behind former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini's pension.

The Office of the Solicitor General has investigated claims that former minister Bathabile Dlamini is being deprived of her pension by virtue of an alleged political instruction to the SA Attorney.

Allegedly Dlamini claims her ministerial pension has been blocked by the state. The former ANC MP had been found in contempt of court, forcing her to pay a portion of the legal costs of two non-profit groups (Freedom Under Law and Black Sash). Dlamini was in court because of the social grants debacle in 2018. She had to pay 20% of the legal costs.

The court sheriffs have been struggling to locate Dlamini and finally found her, however she told the Sunday Times she does not have the money and will not pay.

State Attorney confirmed that the money for Bathabile Dlamini's pension was blocked by the SSA . (Sassa). The spokesperson said Dlamini knew why her ministerial pension was blocked, but would not divulge.

The reasons for this withdrawal have been well-known by the former Minister and Sassa, and thus far, no party has contested them. The State Attorney represents the Department and state entities, but acts as their client. Efforts to manage this situation are being undertaken by parties including the former minister.

“It should be noted that the Solicitor-General is not authorized to reveal the nature of the instructions given to the State Attorney, as that would be Sassa's prerogative.”

Dlamini served as Minister of Social Development under former President Jacob Zuma. She resigned as an MP in 2019.

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ANC Bathabile Dlamini Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Office of the Solicitor General Sassa


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