Batha­bile Dlamini re­fuses to sign for ur­gent mes­sage from Post Of­fice

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

One might have thought that af­ter the so­cial-grants catas­tro­phe ear­lier this year, So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini would have learnt a les­son. Not a bit of it. This week she was back in par­lia­ment as MPs heard that any sign of the Post Of­fice tak­ing over so­cial grants was as re­mote as ever. Dlamini was her usual self — ob­struc­tive and unco-op­er­a­tive — as CEO Mark Barnes tried to ex­plain that the Post Of­fice was in­deed in a po­si­tion to han­dle the grants. De­spite the ef­forts of Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Public Ac­counts chair­man Themba Godi to force a con­sen­sus, MPs ap­peared to get no closer to a deal.

In par­lia­ment, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, re­fer­ring to him­self in the third per­son, in­sisted that he was not in of­fice to re­view books, even if that book, by Jac­ques Pauw, stopped a few let­ters short of ac­tu­ally call­ing him a gang­ster.

In Port El­iz­a­beth, Christo­pher Panayiotou was found guilty of mur­der­ing his wife, Jayde, in April 2015. That the ver­dict came down on his 31st birth­day seemed sweet jus­tice in­deed.

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