The social grants crisis is a secret machination to get Nkosazana Zuma elected president.
Everyone in South Africa, from the judges of the Constitutional Court to the poorest of the poor in the rural hills of Zululand, wants to know why the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and the entire Zuma government allowed the social grants crisis to be driven all the way to the Constitutional Court, with only days left before the entire system was at risk of collapsing.
All intuitively sensed that Dlamini and President Zuma's brazen determination and confidence suggested there was more to it than the by now routinely anticipated cash bribe or kickback. It had to be something cleverer than that; something much more significant and sinister. Something that they, Cash Paymaster Services and Net1 were confident would secure their positions; something they believed none of us would even have guessed at.
Noseweek has found the answer with the help of a top government informer and the minutes of a meeting held by Cell C board members in Turkey in March 2016.