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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini evaded questions about the controversial South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) work streams on Monday, saying the determination that they had been appointed illegally was just "the view of someone" at the Treasury. Dlamini was being cross-examined during a Constitutional Court-mandated inquiry into whether she should be held personally liable for the Sassa fiasco that led to the agency having to extend an illegal contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) for the administration of social grants. Geoff Budlender, for the Black Sash, focused on Dlamini’s agreement or not with the Treasury’s determination of noncompliance with procedures when the work streams were appointed and what evidence existed that procurement was urgent. When asked if she agreed with the fact that there was no urgency, Dlamini responded by saying "this is a view by someone at Treasury". Budlender then asked the minister if she was saying that she knew better ...

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