The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed a decision by the Constitutional Court to extend a contract with Cash Paymaster Service (CPS) for a year.
A verdict delivered on Friday morning will enable CPS to pay out social grants until another entity is able to do so, extending a suspension on its invalid agreement with Sassa.
In a statement, the ANC has called for ‘harsh consequence management’ to ensure that events leading up to the Sassa debacle are not repeated.
The contract with service provider CPS was due to expire at the end of March.
In 2015 Sassa told the court it would not award a new contract but would take over payment responsibilities from April this year.
Sassa knew in April 2016 that it would not be able to take over the payment system from CPS.
Associate Editor at Daily Maverick, Ranjeni Munsamy says the ANC’s statement contradicts Zuma's response.
On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma responded to questions in Parliament.
Asked why he had not removed the minister, Zuma said: “To act as if 1 April has come and pensioners’ grants have not been given, and therefore you must take action, I’m saying it’s a funny democracy that says punish a person before they commit a mistake.”
Munsamy says this is a serious indictment on the ANC.
I think that there have been many blunders and scandals along the way, but I don't think that there has been such a serious indictment on the ANC as to have a minister basically being put in remedial class by the Constitutional Court and told that she has to account to them every three months for her to do her job.— Ranjeni Munsamy, Associate Editor at Daily Maverick
I think the subliminal message is that the President can't be trusted to oversee that she will do her job.— Ranjeni Munsamy, Associate Editor at Daily Maverick
Take a listen below to analysis on the Sassa debacle by Ranjeni Munsamy...