Mogoeng frustrated over Sassa crisis

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on the situation at Sassa, following a 7 hour sitting to hear an application brought by Black Sash regarding social grant payments.

EWN reporter, Gia Nicolaides, says the court, especially Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, pushed to try and understand why Sassa could not fulfill its obligation of distributing grants to 17 million South African beneficiaries.

Mogoeng kept asking advocate Andrew Breitenbach SC to help him understand why the Minister could not be blamed for the current crisis at Sassa, saying it is her duty to make sure things are in order at Sassa.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng did not mince his words, he did not beat about the bush and it was quite clear that he is frustrated with the Minister and Sassa.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Nicolaides says although the court did not make a judgment on the Sassa crisis, there are two options that came out of Wednesday's sitting. The court has an option to either extend the "illegal" CPS contract to allow grants to be paid or the court should draw a new contract between Sassa and CPS, while the bidding process is being completed.

For now, as Sassa was saying, it looks like the only company that can save the situation and have payments made by April 1 is CPS, says Nicolaides.

To hear more of this report, please listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mogoeng frustrated over Sassa crisis


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