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Minister urged to come clean on business ties

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Bathabile Dlamini faces a grilling from MPs

MPS WANT ANSWERS: Bathabile Dlamini

Despite her department claiming that no business exists between her daughter and acting South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) chief executive Pearl Bhengu, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini faces a grilling from MPs.

Dlamini has drawn public attention in a week that saw former Sassa chief executive Thokozani Magwaza quitting the agency, in a move described by parties in Parliament as a push.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) said it has tough questions to ask Dlamini when she appears in Parliament in August on Sassa matters.

Revelation

One of the questions is the revelation that her daughter had business links with Bhengu, who is the former Sassa head in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Department of Social Development has since said the business between Bhengu and Mazibuko did not get off the ground.

Scopa chairman Themba Godi said they wanted to know how Mazibuko got into business with Bhengu when the former was directly related to the boss of the latter.