CPS dodges ConCourt question on how much it will make from new contract with Sassa
Nomahlubi Jordaan | 2017-03-15 16:42:56.0
The Constitutional Court in session. File photo
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Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) evaded a question posed in the Constitutional Court on how much it will charge for distributing social grants if it concludes a new contract with SA Social Security Agency (Sassa).
CPS wants the court to order that it enters into a new and “lawful” contract with Sassa after the existing contract which the Constitutional Court deemed invalid expires on March 31.
Alfred Cockrell SC for CPS said his client wants a new contract from April 1 with a Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asked Cockrell how much CPS wants per beneficiary per month in the new contract. “The payment [in the new contract] is a lump some per month and not a payment per beneficiary.
Cockrell told the court that his client will not be able to fulfil its “constitutional” obligation of distributing grants on April 1 if it does not have a contract in place. Deputy Chief Justice Bess Nkabinde asked him what will happen if Treasury makes money available to CPS to pay social grants without a contract.
“It would be extraordinary if Treasury pays money into my client’s account without a contract‚” Cockrell responded.
– TMG Digital