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bathabiledlaminiBusinessLive reports that Sipho Shezi, who was an adviser to Bathabile Dlamini when she was Minister of Social Development, believes he was fired for insisting on transparency and honesty during the 2017 social grants fiasco.  

Now Shezi has approached the High Court in Pretoria to sue the department for his dismissal.  The case is expected to be heard on Thursday.  Dlamini fired Shezi in April 2017.  He and other officials had sought a way of ensuring the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) could pay social grants without having to use Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).  In his affidavit submitted to court, Shezi, said the decision to terminate his contract was taken in bad faith and was irrational.  He was apparently informed of the termination through a letter left on his desk.  "The termination came as a complete surprise and was certainly premised no doubt on the stand which I had taken to ensure a full and honest compliance with the Constitutional Court requirements and (that) there was to be an extension of the CPS contract for no more than a one-year period," Shezi said.  He added:  "I no doubt was proving to be a thorn in her [Dlamini’s] side.  My insistence on open, honest and transparent governance in the best interests of the state was no doubt viewed as a hindrance."

  • Read this report by Genevieve Quintal in full at BusinessLive

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