Nowhere to go but up

Nowhere to go but up

A young Afrikaans woman from the Cape today stars as an MP for the Inkatha Freedom Party, long seen as a political home for Zulu nationalists. Sue Segar reports on Liezl van der Merwe’s mission to fight for justice – with the social grants fiasco top of her list.

IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe believes that Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is playing a “critical endgame” aimed at making it impossible for the South African Post Office to take over the payment of social grants – all so that she can keep Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in the picture at all costs.

“She has completely engineered this crisis, again,” says Van der Merwe, referring to recent delays in finalising a deal with the Post Office.

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