Ramaphosa says government is working to ensure that social grants are paid out on time in April.
He’s been asked to weigh in on the recent controversy surrounding Sassa.
The agency's contract with Cash Paymaster Services expires leaving uncertainty around the pay out of social grants next month.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has come under fire in recent weeks after officials from her department told MPs that no plan is in place to pay out grants once the current, invalid contract with Cash Paymaster Services expires at the end of March.
Dlamini has stood before parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts and avoided discussing her accountability or the specifics surrounding potential deals in the works.
The Constitutional Court has stepped in and summoned the minister to appear before the court with a detailed explanation surrounding the Sassa crisis. Yet some MPs feel more stern steps are required.
The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Mmusi Maimane argued that the minister should be fired.
“Would you support the call to say that Minister Bathabile Dlamini should in fact resign over social grant crisis?”
However, Ramaphosa says the matter is being dealt with in the Constitutional Court.
“The highest court in our land… a court that’s so well-endowed with wise brains and minds is going to deliberate on this matter as they did in the past.”
Ramaphosa went on to say that only President Jacob Zuma has the prerogative to hire or fire ministers.
Members of parliament (MPs) are likely to focus their line of questioning around how the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) will pay out millions of grants to South Africans in April when the invalid contract with its service provider expires.