Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has repeated before Members of Parliament (MPs) that there is no crisis around the payment of grants for next month.
Dlamini was speaking during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday held to discuss the grants payment saga and steps taken to deal with the matter.
“Social grants will be paid on 1 April. I would like to reiterate the assurance of the President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma that there is no crisis at Sassa.”
She insists that grant beneficiaries will receive their money with no interruptions.
“We have, without fail, been paying the right grant to the right person, at the right time and place always since Sassa’s establishment 10 years ago. We will continue doing so without fail, come 1 April this year and beyond.”
Swapping between isiZulu and English, she also thanked Parliament for giving her the opportunity to speak and accused her critics of deepening the crisis.
“In the process [we will] allay fears of social grant beneficiaries and ordinary South Africans who have been confused by the prophets of doom and those who want to portray themselves as moral saviours as well as [they have] deepened this crisis.”
The social development minister and Sassa have missed yet another Constitutional Court deadline.
Lawyers representing the minister and Sassa arrived 11 minutes late to file affidavits to explain why they didn’t comply with Monday’s court order.
The highest court in the land wanted clarity on Sassa’s controversial contract with service provider Cash Paymaster Service.