The Constitutional Court is due to make a ruling on Sassa’s request to extend its contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).
EWN's Clement Manyathela says Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has accused Sassa of trying to blackmail the Constitutional Court in requesting an extension of the contract with Cash Paymaster Services for an additional six months.
Chief Justice Mogoeng said Sassa has failed to give the court an explanation on why it had not filed the application immediately after it realised it was facing problems.
Manyathela says the Justices argued that Sassa knew that the Post Office did not have the capacity to take over grant distributions by 8 December 2017 but Sassa only approached the courts in February 2018.
Sassa has also admitted that they should've approached the Constitutional Court earlier. They've also said that if the Constitutional Court doesn't grant CPS that additional six months there will be a crisis come the 1st of April.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Manyathela says Sassa told the Constitutional Court that they have other measures in place that will kick in from 1 April in case the Constitutional Court refuses to grant it an extension.
Sassa is arguing that beneficiaries will be categorised and taken to nearby ATMs to withdraw money. Another option suggested will be to help those 2.8 million beneficiaries with no bank accounts to open one.
According to Manyathela, the new Minister of Social Development Susan Shabangu left the court as soon as Chief Justice Mogoeng started lashing out at Sassa.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Sassa: There will be a crisis if ConCourt doesn't extend CPS contract