Sassa, PSA battle it out in court but thousands of beneficiaries wait for grants

The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) has approached the courts to get an urgent interdict to stop its employees from striking.

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu says the strike could impact negatively on Sassa's capacity to administer the payments of grants.

It is now the fourth day since the payment date and still, some social grant beneficiaries are yet to receive payments. Sassa says there has been a technical glitch.

General Manager at Public Servants Association Tahir Maepa says the payment has nothing to do with the strike.

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Our members did the payments preparation for July in June. The only thing the Post Office was supposed to do is to pay so we not sure where the problem is but we definitely sure it's not with the processing of payments from Sassa's side.

Tahir Maepa, General Manager at Public Servants Association

Maepa says the court interdict is an indication of people who are abusing their powers and wasting state resources on unnecessary things.

This court application is so unnecessary. Here we are in court just that they can come prove to us that they have an urgent court application of a strike which started in the 7th of June. This is ridiculous...

Tahir Maepa, General Manager at Public Servants Association

He says the strike can end if the minister would offer them an opportunity to negotiate salaries, but instead, she is spending money on court battles.

They are currently waiting to see whether the courts would grant Sassa an urgent interdict. But Maepa says it will be hard for them to prove that this is urgent.

To hear the rest of the interview with PSA's Tahir Maepa, listen below:


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