The Constitutional Court has ruled that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) will continue to pay social grants on April 1st until another party is selected to take over this responsibility.
Speaking on behalf of the court, Justice Johan Froneman exclaimed that the judgement was made, “To avoid the potential constitutional catastrophe of not paying out social grants on April 1“.
CPS’s contract, as well as the suspension of the invalidity of said contract, will be extended for a 12 month period in which Sassa will have to find a suitable replacement. Sassa will also have to supply the court with a progress report every 3 months to suitably account for what its steps will be.
Justice Froneman went on to say that in this debacle Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini bears full responsibility. “There must be public accountability as to why this was allowed to happen”, stated the court.
Dlamini has been invited by the highest court in the land to appear in person and offer an explanation for her inaction during crucial points of this process. The court believes that the minister should provide detailed reasons why she should maintain her responsibilities over Sassa and why she should not pay for the continuation of this process from her own pocket.
The court has also requested that all expenses CPS will incur, as well as profits expected to make, must be reported to the court at the end of this 12 month time-frame to ensure transparency.
Justice Froneman began by saying that, “Sassa and minister Dlamini have placed the achievements of South Africa’s social security system in jeopardy”
17 million people will await their grants on April 1.