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Bad news for Sassa beneficiaries

Thabo Makwakwa 

Durban - Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says she doesn't owe the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and is preparing for a court fight against Sassa

While trying to recuperate more than R2 million from Dlamini and previous CEO Virginia Petersen, Sassa has moved toward the North Gauteng High Court, where it is additionally mentioning the court to help with recuperating R1.4 million from Lumka Oliphant. 

Sassa needs Dlamini, mutually with Petersen, to pay more than R2 million for costs caused when they approved acquisition for crisis security insurance administrations. 

In an affirmation shipped off Daily News by Dlamini's lawyer Tim Sukazi, Dlamini denies acting unlawfully. 

"We were encouraged to make courses of action for security insurance, while security examination was being researched by the police. To this end, it was imperative to act quickly and particularly having been given an approval by the police". 

Dlamini further clarified that a few authorities were slaughtered, as there were delays in giving insurance, and keeping in mind that sitting tight for the security danger examination report from the police. 

"I deferentially concede that I acted legitimately by suggesting that crisis close insurance administrations be secured to the influenced people and, consequently, to their youngsters as they confronted genuine danger". 

The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) president included her sworn statement that: "The police at long last gave a report on the danger examination, which additionally upheld the obtainment of the nearby insurance administrations. I was stunned and astounded that my choice is presently seen as unlawful and defenseless to be evaluated and saved, and I be at risk for the costs caused by Sassa. This occurred at the time that I was Minister of Social Development." 

Dlamini's legal counselor Tim Sukazi said the previous clergyman plans to guard herself against the suit brought against her by Sassa. 

Both Petersen and Oliphant showed that they have recorded reacting archives and their legal advisors are dealing with the matter. 

Oliphant showed that all inquiries ought to be coordinated to Jabu Mabuza of Thando Mabuza Attorneys. 

In a letter dated February 17, 2021, routed to the Office of the State Attorney, Jonathan Mort Inc Attorneys, addressing the political Office-Bearers Pension Fund, contradicted the freezing endeavors on Dlamini's benefits assets and proposed to continue with preparing installment to Dlamini. 

The letter went further to demonstrate that there is no lawful premise to retain Dlamini's annuity. 

The assertion was upheld by the asset's chief official Belinda Burger, who answered to Daily News saying that her office was managing the matter and it would be settled soon. 

"The Fund is effectively managing this matter and we expect that it will be settled right away – we would not really like to remark any further on the matter as of now, because of the affectability too the individual data that can't be revealed". 

The Department of Justice uncovered a week ago that Dlamini's annuity store was being impeded on the Instruction of Sassa. The division avoided giving reasons, refering to that the matter was known to the two players. 

This isn't the first run through Dlamini has been in serious trouble with the courts. Dlamini was requested to pay 20% of the legitimate expenses brought about, when she was seen as blameworthy for inability to choose specialist co-ops to convey social awards. 

Dlamini has shown that she is in no rebellion of the court, notwithstanding, she has no cash to pay as her benefits is being retained. 

Dlamini recorded her noting oath on February 26, 2021. 

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