The minister who has had a whirlwind of persistent media exchanges as well as her recent handling of the highly debated social grant in the country, is in the news again as the Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza has told MPs that he does not know where Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini got the suggested R6bn figure for the social grants takeover.

Earlier on, Dlamini told the portfolio committee on social development last week that Sassa needed R6bn and five years to fully take over the scheme, as ordered by the Constitutional Court.

In an elaborate altercation, the MPs wanted Magwaza to discuss the differences with the minister further, but committee chairperson Themba Godi shielded him from answering, saying it could make his work conditions untenable if he went against his political principal on this one.