Finweek English Edition - - THE WEEK -

Not many of the 17m South Africans anx­iously await­ing 1 April would have been re­as­sured by so­cial de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini’s lat­est de­nials in Par­lia­ment of any cri­sis re­gard­ing the pay­out of so­cial grants. Dlamini was dressed in ANC colours, as were some party sup­port­ers in the public gallery who took ev­ery opportunity to add to the dis­taste­ful cheers and ap­plause for the min­is­ter from ANC MPs while she was be­ing lam­basted by the op­po­si­tion. Shortly af­ter re­peat­ing that there is “no cri­sis at Sassa”, Dlamini puz­zlingly went on to crit­i­cise those who seek to “deepen this cri­sis”.

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