The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it will file papers in the Constitutional Court on Thursday, seeking an extension of its contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).
CPS was found to be an illegal service provider by the Constitutional Court and their tender contract to pay social grants ends in March.
If the contract is not extended in time, millions of South Africans who rely on the grants may not be paid when the agreement expires at the end of March.
Sassa's spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi explains that extending the contract is the best option for all parties.
Letsatsi says Sassa went through all the options and chose the one with the minimal risk for Sassa beneficiaries.
We are not going to put the lives of 17 million beneficiaries at risk. So we thought that the best option was to request that the ConCourt extend the contract so that we can have a phase-out process running smoothly.— Paseka Letsatsi, spokesperson of SASSA
Regardless of whether the court approves the extension, Letsatsi is adamant that no Sassa beneficiaries will be affected.
All Sassa beneficiaries will get their pay without any problems come 1 April 2017.— Paseka Letsatsi, spokesperson of SASSA
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