Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appeared before Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday to discuss the contract to pay social grants.
Chairperson of Scopa, Themba Godi, says they are happy that the Minister finally arrived to discuss this 'burning issue', despite being late.
Dlamini has repeatedly vowed that all social grant beneficiaries will be paid by 1 April, but Godi says it is still not clear how this will be done.
It is for that reason that the committee has resolved that we should call the Minister of Finance next week Tuesday to come and paint a clear picture for us.— Themba Godi, Chairperson of Scopa
Godi says the committee needs to know what the terms of the negotiations with CPS are.
It needs to be clarified whether the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) administrative fee will remain R16.40 per beneficiary or it's going to cost taxpayers more, he explains.
I think CPS is aware that at this moment we need them more than they need us and they might take advantage of that and come up with terms that are not financially viable.— Themba Godi, Chairperson of Scopa
The Minister had said that whatever you do, do it within budget.— Themba Godi, Chairperson of Scopa
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