The African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the Constitutional Court's decision ordering government to pay social grants next month via its current provider in a bid to end a fiasco threatening the flow of grants to millions of South Africans.
The party has described the events over the past few weeks as unnecessary, and it has called on government to thoroughly investigate the actions of those involved and act decisively against those responsible for the embarrassing situation.
The party’s tone is in a striking contrast to President Jacob Zuma who on Thursday told Parliament that there was no crisis while defending Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, who has been widely blamed for the debacle.
At the same time, Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi says they're particularly pleased the court has ordered the protection of the personal data of grant recipients.
But Godi says of real interest to the committee is how Dlamini will explain why she should not be held personally liable for the crisis.
For three weeks, Scopa has been probing what led to the social grants predicament, calling both Dlamini and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to explain their position on the matter.
Godi says the judgment has vindicated the committee.
“The line that the committee had maintained all along that this is a self-created crisis, meant to perpetuate illegality.”