ANY ACTION AGAINST SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTER CAM ONLY COME AFTER APRIL 1, SAYS ZUMA

CAPE TOWN, President Jacob Zuma has informed Parliament that any action against South African Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini can only be taken if she gets the blame for the social grants payment debacle and that he will not act against Dlamini before April 1, adding it will not be right to punish her before she is convicted of a crime.

Answering oral questions in the National Assembly, the lower House of Parliament, here Thursday, he said he had been fully briefed on the issue and that the Social Development Department was acting on the crisis. The Constitutional Court has reserved judgment on an application that it plays a supervisory role after the current contract with service provider CPS expires on March 31.

Why punish somebody before anything has happened? It's a funny democracy and funny legal system that a person before committing a crime is punished. That's not the rule of law. It's almost like the law of the jungle, Zima.

The Deputy Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the biggest opposition party, Mike Waters, said they were positive that the Speaker of the National Assembly would agree to the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the outh Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) debacle.

Waters says the party had written to Speaker Baleka Mbete to launch a full parliamentary inquiry into the grants crisis and he believed the request would be grated in light of the effectiveness of recent Ad Hoc committees.

We are hoping that there is a new breeze in parliament where the Speaker, and in particular the (ruling African National Congress) ANC, are more prone to accepting the establishment of Ad Hoc committees. So, we are quite positive. I think all MPs realise the importance of this issue and the fact that this crisis should not have happened.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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