Fri, 20 Sep 2019

A prominent academic says former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini is in no position to claim victimhood, after Dlamini recently likened the criticism she received for the Sassa debacle to being "raped".

Dlamini resigned as a Member of Parliament on Tuesday after failing to make the cut in President Cyril Ramaphosa's newly formed Cabinet.

In her resignation letter, Dlamini said she had been demonised and made the scapegoat of the Sassa scandal.

In an interview with EWN on Wednesday, Dlamini said: "You know when you are undressed and raped? That is the feeling I had."

When heckled by opposition parties in Parliament, Dlamini said she "did not know alcohol", News24 reported.

" [I don't know alcohol]. I do not drink at all. People who know me, know I don't drink," she said.

SA 'not ready' for woman president

Dlamini also said that South Africa was not ready for a female president, despite the ANCWL's long-standing stance on the matter.

Describing the role of women in the history of the struggle, Dlamini said: "Having the ANC behaving that way [i.e. not electing a female leader] says the whole of South Africa is not ready to be led by a woman."

Dlamini said, if this were to change, "we must start now".

News24 earlier reported that Dlamini, in her resignation letter, had said she was demonised and made the scapegoat of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) scandal.

"I am convinced that our country is far from developing or improving, because there are those among us that have the support of the media, that they mastered the art of demonising some of us and unfortunately they are seen as very committed, clean and innocent when they have shares in some of these institutions," she wrote.

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