ConCourt sidelined Parly in Sassa judgment, says M&G's Phillip de Wet

The Constitutional Court ruling on the social grants saga has effectively replaced Parliament's supervisory role with a new structure, explains Mail & Guardian's Phillip de Wet.

The ConCourt extended the current contract between Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) by 12 months to ensure beneficiaries receive their grants on time.

De Wet advises that the ConCourt did not mention the failure of Parliament to keep Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini in check.

Instead, the court replaced Parliament's powers with an independent committee led by the Auditor General and other external consultants.

CPS and Sassa will have to report to the structure every three months and will be closely monitored by the court and independent and technical advisors, de Wet explains.

The ConCourt judgement didn't go into the failure of Parliament, which is ultimately responsible for the oversight over the minister.

Phillip de Wet, associate editor at the Mail & Guardian

Not only has the executive had its powers reigned in, but Parliament as well. That's how seriously the ConCourt took their failures.

Phillip de Wet, associate editor at the Mail & Guardian

De Wet says Dlamini does not seem genuinely apologetic and has not yet taken any responsibility, despite a scathing ConCourt judgment.

The minister does not seem to be taking full responsibility or doesn't seem to be apologising in any significant way.

Phillip de Wet, associate editor at the Mail & Guardian

Dlamini is expected to file an affidavit to explain why she shouldn't be held personally liable for the debacle, he reports.

President Jacob Zuma says he will lead an inter-ministerial committee to make sure that social grants are monitored and the court's orders are implemented.

At the same time, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will also be investigating Sassa grant saga and Dlamini's relationship with CEO Serge Belamant.

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