Bathabile Dlamini

Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini is charged with perjury. The case stems from her testimony during an inquiry the Constitutional Court instituted into her role in the 2017 South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants crisis, which Judge Bernard Ngoepe chaired. Dlamini denies intentionally lying and giving false evidence at the inquiry. She said if she gave false evidence, then she did so unknowingly. The inquiry was held to establish whether Bathabile should be held personally liable for the costs of the debacle. The judge found that Dlamini was evasive when she answered questions and that she would unjustifiably answer with 'I don't know/remember' to important questions. She would simply not answer some of the questions. Instead of answering the questions, she told counsel to proceed to the next one. She gave long answers, which did not speak to the question asked.