Questions as to why Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Sassa did not approach the court sooner have repeatedly been asked in at the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
The legality of a new contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to distribute social grants was being argued.
The lawyer representing the minister and the Sassa, Andrew Breitenbach argued that CPS is the only service provider capable of delivering grants to over 17 million beneficiaries on 1 April.
He says Dlamini was not aware of the problems that Sassa was experiencing until late last year.
In 2014 the court declared the CPS contract invalid.
Eyewitness News reporter Gia Nicolaides was there.
What looks like the only option according to Breitenbach is that either a new contract is drafted with CPS to go forward, an interim one, until a bidding process is complete to find a new bidder or the court extend the current on even though it has been declared invalid.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter
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