Failing ANC sets bar low for Dlamini

Issued by Refiloe Nt'sekhe – DA National Spokesperson
15 Dec 2018 in News

In a shocking radio interview, President Cyril Ramaphosa made baffling claims with regards to the Minister of Women, Bathabile Dlamini, stating that she had set the bar with regards to her work in her portfolio.

Ramaphosa is quoted as saying “Bathabile Dlamini is [the] Minister of Women, and she is doing a good job in advancing the cause of women in our country. She has really raised the bar and is raising issues of how the country should start dealing with gender-based violence, she is doing a fantastic job, particularly now during these 16 days of [activism] against violence against women and children”.

The DA believes that the ANC must be setting the bar extravagantly low if Dlamini’s work for women is being termed as fantastic.

Dlamini has, in actual fact, done a terrible job for women in South Africa. Dlamini’s inability to lead or represent women is indicated by a number of her actions:

  • Dlamini came to the defence of the ANC’s Mduduzi Manana following his assault of three women;
  • She also came to the defence of former ANC president, Jacob Zuma, during his rape trial calling it “political grandstanding” and launching attacks on his accuser;
  • Her delegation to the ANC’s policy conference consisted of six men, representing the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), reportedly stating that “women were too emotional”;
  • She is known for attending the funerals of women who are brutally raped and murdered, without having any regard to create support systems or programmes for victims; and
  • Dlamini is notoriously loath to appear before Parliament, whether it be oral question sessions or committee meetings, with the Portfolio Committee on Social Development having to consider issuing a summons to have her appear

Her failure to serve our women is equally reflected by her disastrous tenure as Minister of Social Development. The near-collapse of the social grants payment system and the continuing crisis at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) caused extreme suffering for South Africa’s most vulnerable.

Indeed, the Constitutional Court’s investigation into the 2017/2018 SASSA debacle and its findings on Dlamini’s involvement was damning and would have cost anyone else their job. Not only did it find the Minister misled the Court, it determined that her actions had endangered the well-being of the most needy in our society.

The Court described Dlamini’s conduct as “reckless and grossly negligent”‚ saying she failed to disclose information before the inquiry into her role in the social grants disaster. It ordered a copy of its judgement to be forwarded to the National Director of Public Prosecutions to consider whether she lied under oath and should be charged for perjury.

Given Dlamini’s previous and current record as minister, it would seem entirely irrational for President Ramaphosa to retain her in Cabinet, and even less rational for him to state that she is doing a fantastic job. This delusion and lack of executive accountability is precisely why the DA is seeking an order declaring Ramaphosa’s decision to retain Dlamini as part of his Executive as unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. Our legal team approached the North Gauteng High Court on 23 October and the matter has been set down for 11 March 2019.

Dlamini must indeed know about a great many skeletons in a great many closets, as she once famously said, for her to be retained in Cabinet.

The DA is the only party that will build One SA for all – and that would ensure that the new Minister for Women in the Presidency would protect and care for the rights of all South African women and children.