Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) wants Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to explain why a white-owned company has been contracted to make social grant payments in the wake of President Jacob Zuma's call for radical economic transformation in his State of the Nation address. Dlamini was summoned to appear before Scopa on Tuesday to explain how her department had found itself in what committee chairman Themba Godi called “this emergency”. Dlamini arrived late for the meeting and then raised hackles when she wanted to leave early to attend a cabinet meeting before MPs could question her. She butted heads with opposition MPs who said that she was dodging the issue. She however told MPs that the grants issue was “very important” and she did not want South Africans “thinking that I am arrogant.” She also made several reassurances that grants would be paid on time when the current contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) comes to an end on March 31....

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