Bathabile, Busisiwe, have the bucks stopped with you?

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Bathabile, Busisiwe, have the bucks stopped with you?

ANALYSIS | In two years, there has yet to be a recorded instance of a politician paying a personal costs order

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It’s been almost two years since the Constitutional Court ordered then social development minister Bathabile Dlamini to personally pay 20% of the legal fees spent to resolve an almost catastrophic social grants payment crisis, largely caused by her negligence and recklessness.

But the amount owed by Dlamini has yet to be finalised — and she has not paid a bill of more than R620,000 in legal fees linked to the case, after a final demand for the money was issued.

Dlamini’s attorney, Joel Baepi, on Wednesday confirmed that she had received a demand for Freedom Under Law’s (FUL) taxed legal costs in January, but said he had not been given instructions on why the bill had not been paid and therefore could not offer any explanation for the non-payment...

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