Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has until 4 pm to explain to the Constitutional Court when she became aware that the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) would be unable to take over social grants payments from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).
She also is required to explain why the court was not informed.
The Constitutional Court ruled in 2014 that the contract between Sassa and CPS was invalid and unconstitutional, but allowed it to continue until it expired at the end of March.
Sassa has indicated that it failed to find a new service provider and had to draft a new contract with CPS.
The agency has negotiated a new contract with CPS, and the highest court in the land wants Dlamini to reveal details of the as yet unsigned new contract.
Reports have emerged that President Jacob Zuma’s legal advisor Michael Hulley’s played a key role in ensuring that CPS retains the contract to deliver social grants to 17 million beneficiaries.
Listen to EWN reporter following the story, Gia Nicolaides, below for more details...