The Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) is calling on Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to tender her resignation as soon as possible on grounds of incompetence and abdication of duties.
MCSA presiding Bishop, Ziphozihle Siwa, says Dlamini should have made sure that plans are in place to find the new service provider to pay social grants.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has not secured a mechanism to pay 17 million social grants beneficiaries when its contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) expires month-end.
Sassa has said it failed to find a new service provider as its contract with CPS was declared invalid and unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2014.
Dlamini said no deal has been finalised with CPS as negotiations were still in the pipeline, and that the department will use the South African Post Office as one of the payment services for social security in the transition and future phases.
Siwa says the nation is panicking and the minister must account.
The government has rightly made our money available to assist the most vulnerable people. The person who has been put in charge of that has not delivered, and therefore must move away, and the President must appoint someone who can assist this nation.— Ziphozihle Siwa, Methodist Church of Southern Africa presiding Bishop
It is irresponsible to say let us wait to see if they will be paid or not. We are saying plans must be in place. Those plans are long overdue. They should have been in place since 2012, and fast track 2014.— Ziphozihle Siwa, Methodist Church of Southern Africa presiding Bishop
Meanwhile, Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza is on sick leave, and Social Development director-general, Zane Dangor, has resigned saying there was a breakdown in the relationship between him and the minister on the management of the processes towards ensuring grants are paid.
However, President Jacob Zuma has said he has full confidence in the minister and trusts that she will ensure that social grants are paid on the 1st of April.
Listen to the full interview with Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa below for more information...