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Apparently the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, stayed over in a luxury, ocean-facing suite at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks last night… this allegedly cost R11 000.

This comes hot on the heels of a reply to parliamentary question in which the Minister asserted that R753 was sufficient for social grant beneficiaries.

This hotel stay makes it clear that she herself could not survive on the R753 she expects millions of South Africans to live on from month to month.

It is alleged that Minister Dlamini stayed over at this hotel with two other ANC members. The opposition will therefore be submitting parliamentary questions to ascertain:

  • The reasons for Minister Dlamini’s expensive stay;
  • Who accompanied her and the reasons for their attendance; and
  • Who footed the bill for this stay?

Just last week the Minister Dlamini was challenged to go shopping to see for herself how far a meagre R753 could go towards “adequate food as well as additional non-food items”.

Unsurprisingly the Minister has not responded to the invitation and has instead decided to blow more money on lavish hotel stays while the people she vowed to protect languish in poverty.

“This is further evidence of just how much the current government live like the majority of South Africans lives, don’t matter to them.”

“This has been compounded by the ANC’s failure to support several proposals made by the DA which would have reallocated R9.52 billion in the 2016/17 budget towards measures that could improve the lives of people in South Africa.”

On 3 August, South Africans have an opportunity to vote for change, and for a government that will put them first.

In the meantime, we’ll all be looking forward to Minister Dlamini proving that her assertion that R753 is “adequate” given rapidly rising food costs.

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  1. She needs to crook the aged so she can live her luxury lifestyle. Poor oldies.

    And still we shall see who gets voted in on the 3rd.

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