The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Gauteng Local Division, Advocate Andrew Chauke welcomes the verdict by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court that found former Minister of the department of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini guilty of perjury.
Dlamini was charged with perjury, alternatively, the Contravention if section 38 (5) b and the Superior Courts Act 10 of 2013.
The Court was presented with Dlamini’s previous conviction of fraud that was delivered by the Western Cape High Court in 2003, in relation to the abuse of travel vouchers by parliamentarians, including Dlamini.
Senior Advocate, Matthews Rampyapedi, argued that the accused was previously convicted of fraud and perjury. Both offences associated with dishonesty. He further argued that the accused held a high office within the public service and should have been exemplary. The case was postponed to 1st of April 2022, for delivery of sentence.