Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has lashed out over a Sunday Times report, claiming that court sheriffs have been struggling to pin her down, to get her to pay a costs order imposed by the Constitutional Court.

According to the publication, Dlamini claimed her ministerial pension has been blocked by the State and could thus not pay. The order compelled the former African National Congress (ANC) MP to pay the legal costs of two non-profit organisations (Freedom Under Law and Black Sash). Dlamini had been taken to court for her role in the social grants debacle in 2018. She was ordered to pay 20% of the legal costs.

It seems Dlamini is not taking the report lying down and claims the sheriff has in fact managed to get hold of her.

“I am confused now they say they could not find me when the sherif actually was accompanied to the security desk by one of the staff members at Luthuli and left summons .It’s not true that they have been looking for me and have could not find me .AMANGA (lies),” Dlamini said on Twitter.

“Stop doing things behind my back like and telling lies .You are making matters worse .Ask for the information from me .Yes I received the summons that were left at chief Albert Luthuli so it’s not true that sherif could not get hold of me this is a blue lie”

“The law firm has even responded to their issues but again there is no ruling by a court of law that is about withholding anyones pension .If we can wake up with that judgement it would be a corrupt judgement taken behind my back”

When will Bathabile Dlamini pay up?

It has been learnt that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) had actually issued instructions to have Bathabile Dlamini’s ministerial pension blocked. According to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the reasons for Dlamini’s pension being withheld are known by both the former minister and Sassa itself.

“Reasons for the withdrawal are well known by the former Minister and Sassa, thus far, no party has contested them nor has there any intention to do so. The State attorney acts upon the instruction of its client, which are the departments and state entities it represents. This matter in particular is currently being mitigated by parties which include the  former minister,” it has said.

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Presh JM Reporter

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