Hundreds of DA members have arrived at the office of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini in Pretoria, demanding she resign due to the Sassa crisis.
The march comes as the minister and her team have come under fire in recent weeks for their failure to appoint a social grant distributor so close to the 1 April deadline. The ensuing backlash has saw minister Dlamini appear before the parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) to answer questions surrounding accountability and the way forward.
During her sitting with Scopa the minister evaded various questions gaining the ire of the opposition party who proceeded to seek answers through a parliamentary sitting with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
The march was led by leader Mmusi Maimane under the banner “save our grants.”
Hundreds of DA members marched on the capital, demanding Dlamini step down.
A member said: “If you don’t pay on 1 April we are saying you must be fired.”
Some of the marchers held placards, calling for Dlamini to be fired, while others read “stop corruption”.
The Constitutional Court has now intervened in the Social Development scandal, demanding Dlamini account for the situation surrounding the payments of grants to over 17 million of its beneficiaries.