Despite the indications that the South African Post Office (SAPO) could handle payment of social grants with minor improvements, SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) insist they cannot.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, SAPO CEO Mark Barnes, Sassa and other role players appeared before a joint meeting in Parliament today to discuss the collapsing deal with the SAPO.
Dlamini's statements in the meeting, angered MPS and officials who believe the process is being deliberately engineered to favour external service providers.
Liezl Van Der Merwe, Inkatha Freedom Party MP says that this raises concerns, adding that Sassa attitude towards SAPO was shocking.
The game plan to me looks very clear. It looks to me like there is a concerted effort to sabotage the Post Office, to keep them out of the picture and to delay the process unnecessarily.— Liezl Van Der Merwe, Inkatha Freedom Party MP
Confronted with the facts that SAPO could do the job, they still believe otherwise - And that really raises red flags.— Liezl Van Der Merwe, Inkatha Freedom Party MP
One of the concerns Van Der Merwe has is that this insistence on an open tender will open a back door for Cash Paymaster Services (CPO) to gain the contract, perhaps by a different name.
This sentiment is echoed by Zane Dangor, former Director General for the department of social development. The fact that Sassa are going on a tender worries Dangor, because it means there is another propitiatory system.
For Dangor there are two outcomes for this.
Either they going on a tender, and people can't respond in the time frame or there are people with ready made solutions.— Zane Dango, Former Director General for the department of social development
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