South Africa’s Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini has been found guilty of perjury by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court for lying under oath before the Constitutional Court and the inquiry into the social grants debacle.
Magistrate Betty Khumalo on Wednesday convicted the ANC Women’s League president for lying under oath in affidavits filed at the apex court and the inquiry that the country’s highest court ordered, which was chaired by retired Gauteng High Court Judge President Bernard Ngoepe.
Khumalo said the State had succeeded in proving the main count of perjury as Dlamini had unlawfully and intentionally deposed false evidence on her attendance of meetings of the work streams.
Dlamini was fined R120 000 or five years’ imprisonment and a further five years’ imprisonment suspended conditionally for five years for defrauding Parliament of R254 000 in service benefits and/or mileage claims.
Khumalo did not immediately send Dlamini to the court’s holding cells after convicting her, and instead extended the warning against her.