The Constitutional Court orders CPS to continue paying out grants
South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief after a constitutional court ruling on the SASSA debacle. The constitutional court has extended the contract between the Social Security Agency and Cash Paymaster services for twelve months. In 2014 the constitutional court ordered the social department to terminate its contract with Cash paymaster services and start a tender process to acquire the services of a new contractor to facilitate the issuing of social grants as the court found CPS’s contract was invalid.
Justice Johan Froneman said it was unfortunate that the court was forced to step in to ensure that grants are paid. Froneman said the court had to intervene because SASSA and Minister Bathabile Dlamini failed to keep their promises.The justice also said that CPS has a constitutional obligation to continue paying grants and can approach treasury if it needs higher fees.
The application for oversight was brought by civic organisations that had lost faith in the social development department.
The issue of social grants and their disbursement came to the fore after the social department failed to secure a new contract for the payment of grants.
The social department defended its inability to secure a new paymaster, saying that the companies that tendered did not meet their requirements.
Opposition parties and civil society, have repeatedly called for Minister Bathabile Dlamini to be fired. President Jacob Zuma has told South African’s to “cool down” and wait for the department to find a solution.
Just yesterday, the president, during a question and answer session in parliament, said that its only in South Africa that one is judged before they make a mistake. The president reiterated that he can only act if and when grants are not disbursed on the 1st of April.
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