'Sassa and SA Post Office can reach each other' - Letsatsi

After Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, did not pitch for Monday nights Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, speculation arose that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) social grant controversy would flare up again.

The committee was discussing the Constitutional Court ruling the services of Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) must come to an end. The minister's no-show indicated that she and Sassa do not see the urgency of this matter, despite 17 million Sassa beneficiaries being affected.

Read: SA Post Office ready to take over Sassa grant payments

Paseka Letsatsi, spokesperson at Sassa says this is not the case. He adds that even though the minister did not make the meeting, the people involved in the ministry are well placed enough to respond to issues raised.

Letsatsi says that while no deal has been struck with South African Post Office (SAPO), they are in the process of negotiations.

We issued a letter to the Post Office, which is well known. And they wrote back to us to say can we engage with you. These are part of negotiations.

Paseka Letsatsi, spokesperson at Sassa

Letsatsi adds that there has to be an engagement between Sassa and SAPO to discussion how to close the loop holes and move forward.

Despite the differences between Sassa and SAPO on whether SAPO can issue new card or not, Letsatsi says this all depends on the spirit people have when entering these meetings.

As an organisation, we are saying that together with the South African Post Office, National Treasury and all the stakeholders involved - we want to make sure that 17 million people get paid every month. We can reach each other.

Paseka Letsatsi, spokesperson at Sassa

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