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TPumla West­ern Cape he grants cri­sis is man­u­fac­tured at best. You must un­der­stand that the ANC banks on the fact that these mil­lions of peo­ple are des­per­ate and vul­ner­a­ble. Social Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Bathabile Dlamini said they would pay by April 1, but did not men­tion a thing about the il­le­gal­ity of us­ing Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vices (CPS). Guess what? Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gordhan will be blamed for re­spect­ing the court’s de­ci­sion. Mpho Mashilo Gaut­eng All this was just a set-up be­cause they wanted CPS to be the com­pany on this ten­der. In 2014, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that the ten­der was is­sued ir­reg­u­larly.

No one in the depart­ment took ac­tion. They also knew that the con­tract ex­pired at the end of this month. Why didn’t they ad­ver­tise the ten­der months ago? Franklin via SMS A fish rots from the head. Ja­cob Zuma con­tin­u­ously dis­re­spects ac­count­abil­ity and gov­er­nance as the pres­i­dent. Who will or should re­spect the laws? Ba­si­cally, Bathabile Dlamini is do­ing Zuma and the ANC’s bid­ding, which is to loot the fis­cus. Sandy John­ston East­ern Cape The grants de­ba­cle was quite ob­vi­ously man­u­fac­tured and Bathabile Dlamini was clearly a key in­sti­ga­tor of this. The chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SA Social Se­cu­rity Agency (Sassa), Thokozani Mag­waza, ad­vises that on the three oc­ca­sions he ap­pealed to the high­est court in the land for guid­ance, Dlamini blocked him.

The record shows that Dlamini has clearly been a key player in en­sur­ing, as best as she can, that CPS con­tin­ues with grant pay­ments. Also, her ac­tions in the un­fold­ing cri­sis (as de­scribed by Mag­waza) bear wit­ness to her ongoing com­plic­ity in what is ob­vi­ously a highly cor­rupt chain of events. Tilly Gaut­eng After all, South Africa is Zuma’s ba­nana repub­lic. Un­der him, who will re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion be­cause he is al­pha and omega? He who must be obeyed against all odds. All the fe­male lead­ers are un­der his spell. But the truth shall pre­vail. P Pi­lane North West

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