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Former South African Social Development Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza is adamant that Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini tried to frustrate the process of the agency taking over the payment of social grants.Magwaza told an inquiry into whether Dlamini should be held personally liable for the fiasco, that she had told him to find dirt on commercial banks so that they could not be used.He said the minister was only interested in pushing Sassa towards working with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).Advocate Ishmael Semenya, for Dlamini, was cross examining Magwaza on Friday and was pushing for examples of his client’s conduct that sought to impede Sassa from taking over the payment of grants.Semenya complained that these allegations were never put to Dlamini when she testified at the inquiry last week.During questioning, Magwaza conceded that when he joined Sassa as CEO in November 2016 the agency was already not in a position to pay grants. However, he believed that the w...

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