The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the SA Post Office (Sapo) are meeting on Tuesday afternoon to try and break a deadlock related to the payment of social grants.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini appeared before Parliament's social development committee and the standing committee on public accounts.
Dlamini announced on Monday that tenders will be issued on Friday for services the Sapo can't provide.
However, Post office chief executive Mark Barnes says there’s been a misunderstanding about the full extent of services the Post Bank can provide.
IFP MP Liezl Linda van der Merwe says it is unlikely that the deadlock will be resolved unless Dlamini changes her stance on the capabilities of Sapo.
Van der Merwe has accused Dlamini of holding social grants recipients to ransom by refusing a plausible option and dragging the process.
Minister Bathabile Dlamini is of the opinion that the Post office cannot deliver, although Mark Barnes has been emphatic to say they can produce the services required.— Liezl Linda van der Merwe, IFP MP and member of Parliament's social development committee
There's an independent report that Sapo can do the job. But, at this stage, it doesn't look like it's on the Minister's agenda at all.— Liezl Linda van der Merwe, IFP MP and member of Parliament's social development committee
The Post Office says it’s not prepared to accept an offer that will only see it provide a payment system.
Officials have agreed to return to Parliament on Wednesday night to provide feedback on their negotiations.
Take a listen to Liezl Linda van der Merwe explain proceedings in Parliament:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Sapo, Sassa deadlock will continue if Dlamini doesn't change tack, says IFP MP