Shabangu promises Sassa will comply with ConCourt order

Minister for Social Development Susan Shabangu has promised South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants will continue to be paid and that its obligations to the Constitutional Court will be met.

Shabangu delivered her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament on Wednesday. She promised that her recent suspension of Sassa tender processes won’t scupper their ability to comply with the court’s order.

The minister suspended tender processes to find a replacement for current invalid service provider of cash payments, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), last month, citing challenges with the specifications.

“When I took office on February 26 this year, I was confronted by the Sassa tender matter. This included the process of a tender for beneficiaries that receive their social assistance in cash,” she said.

“However, the tender has been suspended due to identified challenges in the process and the suspension has been reported to the Constitutional Court.

“A final decision on the status of the tender will be made in due course.”

READ MORE: Shabangu suspends new grant payment tender

Sassa has less than five months to find a replacement to deliver cash grants by the September 30 deadline.

“I want to assure South Africans that we will comply with the Constitutional Court order to ensure that our beneficiaries continue to receive their social grants at all times.

“Social grants were paid in April — they are being paid in May and will continue to be paid. We will fulfil this mandate because we are a government that cares,” she said.

She also said that Sassa was working with the South African Post Office, which inherited most of the banking functions from CPS since April 1, to successfully swop out old Sassa cards.

This has been happening since April and will continue, she said.

READ MORE: Sassa: New cash payments service provider only ready by July

Civil society group Black Sash raised concerns at the time of the tender suspension that delays to find a suitable replacement for CPS could mean the deadline won’t be met.

They said the country was working with “shifting deadlines” yet again, as no new timeframes have been given regarding the tender.

The NGO urged Shabangu to put in place a contingency plan for cash payments to avoid another extension of the invalid CPS contract. — News24

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Paul Herman
Paul Herman works from London. London based Songwriter/Producer. Paul has written songs for Artists like Dido, Emeli Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eminem, Izzy Bizu, Raleigh Ritchie... Paul Herman has over 260 followers on Twitter.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Shell v Wild Coast: Science, research and erring on the...

Court applicants have argued that the company should be required to conduct an environmental impact assessment, based on the best available science, which has advanced considerably since Shell’s permit to conduct seismic surveys was granted

How spies shape South Africa’s political path

From Mbeki to Zuma to Ramaphosa, the facts and fictions of the intelligence networks have shadowed political players and settled power struggles

I’m just a lawyer going to court, says attorney on...

The Mthatha attorney is angered by a tweet alleging he sways the high court and the Judicial Services Commission

Death of Zimbabwe’s funeral business

Burial societies and companies have collapsed and people can no longer afford decent burials for their family members

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…