Following the highly emotional conversation in South Africa, leading to divergent opinion on whether the country is still heading towards the desired direction economically and through other spheres of it’s national life, specially the recent debate and controversy surrounding sassa.

President Jacob Zuma has appealed to ministers and their spokespersons to stop talking about social grants and instead focus on making sure that millions of pensioners are paid at the end of March.

“I think ministers should stop talking, including their spokespersons. I think the point has been made. The less we talk, the better.

“We need to work towards making sure that on the 1st, the pensioners are paid,” Zuma said in an interview with the SABC in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was aired on Tuesday morning.

Dlamini walked out of a media briefing on Sunday after Maughan pressed her for more details on how grant recipients would be paid.

The minister told supporters on Monday that the black reporters at the briefing had done their jobs diligently, but that “others” had seemed to have their own agenda.

On Monday, Dlamini’s spokesperson Lumka Oliphant refused to speak in English during an interview with Talk Radio 702, where she was being interviewed by Xolani Gwala.

During Sunday’s briefing she shielded Dlamini from reporters who wanted answers on the grant payments.