Minister Bathabile Dlamini stood up Parly meeting, no grant clarity

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was expected to address Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) today.

The committee was upset that neither the minister nor Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza attended the meeting to explain how social grants beneficiaries will be paid when contract Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) ends next month.

Sassa representatives told Members of Parliament (MPs) that there is no alternative plan in place to ensure that the 17 million South Africans who are social grants beneficiaries will receive payment on 1 April.

Dlamini has previously said she will approach the Constitutional Court on 31 March to ask for an extension of the contract with CPS.

Sassa's contract with CPS was declared invalid by the ConCourt in 2014.

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