The ANC Women’s League is celebrating a victory as its president will not be required to pay the costs of a court application to extend Cash Paymaster Services’ (CPS) contract with Sassa.
According to Business Tech, the contract was found to be invalid in 2014. In 2017 the courts found that Dlamini had shown no interest in actually solving the problem even when warned, and hadn’t informed them of any progress being made.
Consequently when Sassa approached the courts for an extension of that contract because they still hadn’t come up with an alternative plan for paying social service grants.
At the time, the court said, “The sole reason for this litigation is because of (Sassa and Minister Dlamini’s) failure to keep its promises to the court.”
This consequently led to calls for Dlamini to be held personally liable. According to The Citizen, the ANC Women’s League has characterised these calls as being engineered by ‘the monopolies in the financial sector and their stooges.’
Generally a conspiracy theorist’s imagination runs towards what they themselves are willing to do.
A monopoly is what you’ve got when you’re the only person who can do something. In other words there are no competitors in the market.
What essentially happened with the contract between CPS and Sassa was that the department engineered the tender such that only CPS could actually fulfill it.
So CPS were a monopoly, and they were certainly within the financial sector. That was a big chunk of the complaint regarding the contract.
So when we talk about stooges of monopolies within the financial sector, it is difficult not to see the ANC Women’s League president as one.
Needless to say I don’t think this is a good ruling from the Constitutional Court. I don’t see why taxpayers should have to foot the bill for the minister not doing her job.
But more than that, it isn’t entirely about Dlamini, but rather keeping other government ministers from the ruling party from feeling comfortable ignoring court rulings and breaking their promises to the courts.
Even with a change in ruling parties, we do not want another Bathabile Dlamini Sassa style situation.
Had she been found liable it would have expanded the courts powers in this regard and meant better compliance with its findings in the future. As it stands, the only people paying for Dlamini’s refusal to perform her duties are the public.
That doesn’t strike me as justice.
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