Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini pleads for lesser sentence and found guilty of perjury

  • Bathabile Dlamini, the former social development minister, asked the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for a lesser sentence
  • Dlamini was found guilty of perjury on Wednesday, March 9, in connection with testimony she gave during an investigation into the 2017 social grant scandal
  • South Africans are shocked as Dlamini complains about his income of R110,000 a month while asking the court to show him leniency

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JOHANNESBURG – Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini has asked the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for some leniency over the sentence she should receive for lying under oath.

On Wednesday, March 9, Dlamini was found guilty of perjury after the court determined that she lied and provided false testimony during an investigation into the 2017 SASSA debacle. Millions of grant recipients live in uncertainty as to whether or not. they would not receive their subsidies.

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Former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini pleads lesser sentence, earns R110,000 monthly, fine, jail term, ANC Women's League, SASSA
Former Social Development Minister Bathibile Dlamini is hoping for a lesser sentence after being found guilty of perjury. Image: Thapelo Maphakela
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Dlamini’s legal representative, attorney Tshepo Mphahlane, made submissions to the court following the guilty verdict, asking the court to consider a lesser sentence for Dlamini since she is retired. Her lawyer said Dlamini is also a single mother who survives on an income of R110,000 per month, according to SchedulesLIVE.

Mphahlane broke down Dlamini’s monthly income and said she earned a salary of R70,000 from the African National Congress Women’s League and an additional R40,000 pension as a former MP.

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Mphahlane stressed that with the income Dlamini receives, she has to take care of her immediate and extended family. Mphahlane added that Dlamini is paying the tuition fees for her two daughters aged 19 and 26, both at university.

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He went on to say that the R70,000 salary was not guaranteed as the ANCWL will be conferring in the coming months and she may not be re-elected as President.

State wants toughest sentence for Dlamini

State Attorney Matthews Rampyapedi told the court that a jail sentence for Dlamini’s actions was not a far-fetched proposition. Rampyapedi further stated that perjury is a serious offense and the whole point of the case was liability, reports IOLs.

Rampyapedi went on to say that if the court felt a prison sentence was too harsh, then Dlamini should be heavily fined for her offence.

South Africans react to Dlamini asking for leniency from court

@Jack80916706 said:

“73,000 for a qualified doctor after years of study yet she complains about 110,000 a month doing what?”

@Cathie1929 said:

“April Fools! But seriously, Madame will be getting a generous 5.5% raise which dates from the Government Employees Pension Fund on her ex-MP pension R 50k pm. And she gets R 70k pm from the ‘ANCWL. pot of porridge, too bad. Maybe his sister Dlamini Zuma can help.

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@LavinodeDon said:

“Shame man, only 110,000 rand. So small, I wonder how she’s doing.”

@Frances20192236 said:

“The shame man shows we are all hurting together, some have it worse than others, but phew only 110,000 rand what a tragedy…”

@ZimasaMatiwane said:

“I don’t understand this approach to mitigation. I understand a single mother caring for two elderly parents, but ingenaphi isalary? Ningandithuki, I don’t know anything about the law.”

@MalatjieKholo said:

“If we want to be fair and lenient, she should at least pay a 10 million fine or face jail time.”

@777e764d426f40c said:

“Too bad that 100,000 more than 80% of South Africans send her to jail.”

Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini found guilty of perjury in social grants probe

In brief News previously reported that former Social Development Minister Bathibile Dlamini was found guilty of perjury by Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 9.

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During a 2017 investigation into the social grant crisis at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), Dlamini was later accused of lying under oath, leaving millions of grant recipients wondering if they would one day receive their money.

Magistrate Betty Khumalo, who presided over the case, said the prosecution had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Dlamini had in fact lied during the investigation, according to News24.

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Joel C. Hicks