- The DA has released its annual report card for 2017
- The worst performing minister has been identified as Bathabile Dlamini for her role in the SASSA scandal
- The official opposition hope that a commission of inquiry will investigate Bathabile's role in the SASSA debacle
Briefly.co.za has learned that the Democratic Alliance has filled out its annual report cards for Cabinet members. Bathabile Dlamini has earned an 'F' and has been crowned the worst performing minister of 2017.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane awarded Dlamini her report card outside the Union Buildings, he said that the controversial minister had earned such a low grade due to her disastrous handling of the South Africa Social Security Agency's (SASSA) contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) according to buzzsouthafrica.com.
The opposition party is optimistic that parliament will launch a commission of inquiry into the SASSA debacle. The fate of 17 million South Africans depends on the social grants.
Dlamini has been at the centre of the controversy surrounding SASSA's deal with CPS after the tender to distribute grants was found to have been awarded irregularly. The contract is set to end in April next year, with the Post Office taking over the responsibility of distributing the social grants.
However, SASSA and the Post Office is involved in negotiations which have stalled. The opposition has accused Dlamini of deliberately interfering with the deal.
The Post Office has reported that it is in the process of building a new IT system to handle social grant payments.
President Jacob Zuma also received an F from the DA, who have accused him of lying to the people of South Africa.
The two highest scoring ministers were Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, both earning a C.
Other ministers who earned an F were Senzeni Zokwana, Michael Masutha, Mildred Oliphant, Faith Muthambi, Nathi Nhleko, Gugile Nkwinti and Susan Shabangu.
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