Civil society organisation Corruption Watch has approached the courts to compel Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to pay back the R317 million paid to it by Sassa.
Executive Director for Corruption Watch David Lewis, says the money was reportedly paid for the registration of additional beneficiaries.
He says the Auditor General found this action to be a 'fruitless and wasteful expenditure' but his findings were not acted upon.
We are reviewing the decision and we are asking the courts to compel Sassa to recover the money.— David Lewis Managing Director for Corruption Watch
We would dearly like the law enforcement authorities to look into payments like this. They need to be asking why the payments were made if there was no reason good reason for doing so.— David Lewis Managing Director for Corruption Watch
Corruption Watch is hoping the courts will make a decision in the coming weeks.
Lewis says he hopes justice will prevail and CPS will be ordered to pay the money.
What we want, is a court order to affect that this payment was not in order.— David Lewis Managing Director for Corruption Watch
National Advocacy Manager for the Black Sash, Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker says they are still concerned about the process where the South African Post Office will be taking over the grant payment system to be phased in by 1 April.
Beneficiaries need to be ensured that they will receive their grants timeously after April 1 2018.— Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, National Advocacy Manager for the Black Sash
Everybody says everything is OK, but there are no definitive structures in place. There has been an agreement signed with the Post Office but in terms of the terms and conditions of the contract, that is still to be sorted out.— Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, National Advocacy Manager for the Black Sash
Sassa has reportedly asked the Constitutional Court to allow CPS to maintain control over the social grants payments for another six months to allow a smooth transition come 1 April.
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