South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza has accused Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini of lying in her affidavit to the Constitutional Court about what caused the social-grants payments fiasco. Magwaza said that he wanted to set the record straight and had asked the court to let him file an affidavit in response to Dlamini’s to reflect the "correct version of events". Dlamini filed an affidavit on Friday explaining why she should not be added to the urgent application brought by the Black Sash in her personal capacity and why she should not pay costs out of her pocket. If the court finds Dlamini lied in her affidavit, she could  be prosecuted. Under common law, supplemented by statutory law, namely the Criminal Procedure Act, perjury is a serious offence. The Constitutional Court ordered in March that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) continue to pay grants for 12 months, after it was found Sassa could not take over distribution despite previously s...

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