Finance Minister to explain Treasury's role in social grants crisis

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) failed to meet the Constitutional Court's deadline to answer the court's detailed questions regarding the payment of social grants on Monday.

Instead Sassa filed responding papers responding to an application by Black Sash and Freedom Under Law (FUL).

The court had ordered Dlamini and Sassa to explain the terms of the new contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and when they become aware they would not be able to take over the payment of social grants when the CPS contract expires.

According to political analyst and Talk At Nine host, Karima Brown, in the papers Sassa admitted that the new deal with CPS is not a 'forgone deal'.

Brown explains that Sassa further says the ConCourt lacks expertise to supervise the new deal on its own, and wants the Auditor General or Public Protector or alternative individual to monitor the new terms.

The Standing Committee on Public Account (Scopa) has asked Finance Minister Pravin Gordan to explain Treasury's role in plans to pay social grants from the 1st of April.

Listen to Karima Brown below for more details...


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