JOHANNESBURG – Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi has reiterated that if Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is a no-show at Tuesday’s meeting she will be subpoenaed.
Dlamini has evaded meetings to inform Parliament about the progress made on social grant payouts for the last two weeks.
Godi says that Dlamini is either covering up for someone or deliberately delaying the process.
“The Department of Social Development and Sassa have been very dodgy in trying to fulfill the decision by the Constitutional Court and we fear that we must be back where we were at the beginning of this year.”
Meanwhile, Sassa and the Post Office are headed for a showdown in Parliament on Tuesday over the payment of grants.
On Monday, Dlamini announced that the agency will put out to tender three of the four services required for grant payments because the Post Bank can’t provide them.