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Sipho Shezi, the axed former special adviser to Bathabile Dlamini when she was still minister of social development, is suing the department for R1.1m. Dlamini fired Shezi in April 2017. Shezi, along with other officials, had tried to find a way of ensuring that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) could pay social grants without having to use Cash Paymaster Services (CPS). At the time, he said Dlamini had informed him in a letter that his services were no longer needed. However, she did not give him reasons. Shezi has now approached the High Court in Pretoria. The matter is expected to be heard on Thursday. Shezi’s legal counsel team says the department had earlier indicated it would oppose the application, but so far this had not happened. Shezi worked closely with former department director-general Zane Dangor on finding a solution to the grants debacle earlier in 2017. Dangor resigned at the height of the crisis, citing a breakdown in the relationship between him and...

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