The 59-year-old-female suspect is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Tuesday, 21 September on perjury allegations.
Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team in corruption served the former Minister with a summons to appear in court on a criminal case against her a few weeks ago.
Allegations on this case are that in January 2018, the suspect appeared as a witness at an Inquiry in Johannesburg in terms of Section 38 of the Superior Court Act 10 of 2013, which was instituted as a result of disputes of the material facts during the previous proceedings in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) relating to the award of a tender to Cash Paymaster Services (PTY) Ltd also known as CPS, to render services to pay social grants in South Africa.
During the proceedings in the ConCourt, the former Minister was called upon to indicate on affidavit as a representation why she should not be joined to the proceedings in her personal capacity and why she should not pay the costs out of her own pocket.
It is alleged that the suspect therefore filed an affidavit which raised conflicting facts in relation to responsibility initiated by her.
The ConCourt’s Acting Judge, Judge Bernard Ngoepe’s findings suggested very strongly that some of the former Minister’s evidence under oath before the ConCourt and the Inquiry were false.
The matter was therefore referred to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to scrutinize the facts sworn in by the former Minister at the Inquiry which then resulted to the decision of her being prosecuted.