Tshepiso Mphahlane, for Dlamini, said the 59-year-old single mother of two may soon see an end to the R70,000 pay cheque because this was not a permanent position. With the league’s conference scheduled for June, Mphahlane said she may not be re-elected.
Prosecutor Matthew Rampyapedi had lobbied for direct imprisonment.
“When one looks at the position of the accused, a former minister at national level, if this kind of offence can be perpetuated at that level, what then should become of people down there? At the pinnacle of this offence is accountability. We expect a certain standard of honesty from our public servants,” he said.
“If you begin to trivialise this offence, and say it’s ‘just perjury’, we will be making a mockery of our justice system. It is imperative the public see the justice system in action, especially in cases such as this,” he said.
After the guilty verdict at the beginning of the month, the National Prosecuting Authority’s Phindi Mjonondwana said in sentencing the state should consider Dlamini was found guilty of fraud in the 2003 Travelgate scandal in which MPs were found to have abused travel vouchers. Dlamini was fined R120,000.