By Mamodima Ndlovu
Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini appointed KwaZulu Natal regional manager Pearl Bhengu as the interim CEO Following the axing of Thokozani Magwaza, the former Acting South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Monday.
Controversy keeps following Minister Dlamini’s portfolio.
SASSA staff on Wednesday leaked information and expressed concern about the relationship between Bhengu and Dlamini’s 21-year-old daughter, Skhumbuzo Mazibuko. The Mail and Guardian reported that the two women are directors of Umnotho Wabafazi Biz which was registered in 2015.
Dlamini’s plate keeps piling up as reports claim Magwaza’s departure was forced and also due to disagreements with Social head on the SASSA debacle. Magwaza is also due to testify against Dlamini in a public inquiry that will hear the SASSA and CPS matter.
The rolling stone department’s woes began when it was discovered that the contract between SASSA and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was illegal. In March, that contract had come to an end and the matter was taken to the Constitutional Court after civil-rights group Black Sash challenged the contract.
Currently the grants are still being paid out by CPS until the department finds a government-based financial service to take over the responsibility.