Grants fiasco: Judgment to be handed down on Friday
Katharine Child | 2017-03-16 18:06:15.0
Minister Bathabile Dlamini.
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Judgment will be handed down in the social grants matter on Friday at 10 am.
Black Sash brought the case and asked that Constitutional Court to supervise the payment of social grants to ensure they are paid on April 1.
This is after Social Development minister Bathabile Dlamini failed to ensure that there was a company in place to distribute grants when the contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) expires at the end of the month.
She also failed to ensure Sassa would pay the grants themselves as they had promised the court in November 2015. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was on fire during the hearing on Wednesday‚ grilling Dlamini and Sassa advocate Andrew Breitenbach SC in an attempt to get to the bottom of what led to the mess.
CPS CEO Serge Belamant said he wanted judgment this week so that payments could be made on time as it takes 12 working days to pay grants.
The court will decide whether to extend the invalid contract between Sassa and CPS or create a new one. Also to be decided is if CPS will take over payment of grants for a year or 18 months. The court is likely to give instructions on how a new tender process should work to find a legal distributor of grants.
The SA Post Office hopes it will be considered as a potential payer of grants.
– TMG Digital