Lawyer representing Black Sash, Jeff Budlender, has argued that Minister of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini failed in her role to oversee the process of social grants payments.
Black Sash argued that the Constitutional Court must oversee the contract between the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), while Dlamini wants it to be monitored by the Public Protector and Auditor-General.
#SASSA Budlender says they are not asking court to sanction a new contract just to exercise jurisdiction over new contract. GN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 15, 2017
The Freedom Under Law's (FUD) David Unterhalter says CPS is constitutionally obliged to continue payment until legality can be restored.
Unterhalter says the court should consider extending the contract for a period of time.
#SASSA Unterhalter says while CPS has obligation to continue paying can't profit from this as contract is invalid. GN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 15, 2017
#SASSA Budlender suggested 6 months for CPS, Unterhalter says up to a year. GN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 15, 2017
#SASSA Mogoeng suggesting that perhaps extending the current and invalid contract with known terms for period of time to ensure payments GN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 15, 2017
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