Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini remains adamant that talks are set to begin shortly with CPS to negotiate a new contract.
About 17 million South Africans are dependent on social grants and questions have been raised about whether they will be paid.
In 2014, the Constitutional Court ruled that the deal with CPS was invalid and the department was required to find a new company or means to distribute the grants.
However, the contract ran until the end of this month.
On Sunday, acting CEO of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Thamo Mzobe claimed there was no deal.
“And the signing of contract will entail the deliverables and the cost structure, therefore, there’s no deal in this regard that has been finalised. We’re still going to follow our internal processes that will lead to the conclusion of this process.”
CPS CEO Serge Belamant says, “I really don’t see any reason whatsoever why the deal should not now be signed by both parties and I can assure you that we’re ready to pay on 1 April.”
Meanwhile, CPS says it is certain nobody can take over the grant distribution process in time for the next pay-outs.
Social Development has also said that they are considering other channels such as the Post Office to distribute grants.
However, Belamant says that is just not possible.
“The processes are not present at the 10,000 pay points where we actually operate, which is very important because that pays around 3.5 to 4 million people.”
“So I’m not too sure when people talk about they can do this, they can do that. There’s no one today except CPS that can provide this services.”
GUPTAS IN THE WINGS?
Meanwhile, former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Vytjie Mentor claims South Africa’s social grants system is destined to end up in the hands of the Gupta family unless urgent intervention is taken.
Mentor released a statement over Dlamini’s attempt to ease fears over grants not being paid to beneficiaries come 1 April.
The State Capture whistle-blower has joined a myriad of voices lambasting Dlamini for how she has been handling the social grants crisis.